Unique Partnership Between WCCTEC and Virginia Tech Generates Mixed Reality Curriculum

Two students stand by a bed wearing a Microsoft HoloLens.Alloying Washington County School's Vision Statement of being an innovative leader in education excellence, teaching and learning, creativity, technology integration and global citizenship with Virginia Tech's brand tagline "We Invent the Future", the Washington County Career and Technical Education Center (WCCTEC) will integrate mixed reality into the Nurse Aide curriculum this semester.

Seminal work in digital realities taking place at Virginia Tech, and the Microsoft HoloLens, was extensively researched by WCCTEC.  Mixed reality was strategically adopted to desensitize nursing students to specific environmental scenarios, patient care, anatomy, and body systems.  Curricular focus will mate twenty-two nursing skills on the Virginia Nurse Aide Examination that were specifically requested by WCCTEC Nurse Aide Instructor Bethanie Fields, RN, with proprietary software developed by Virginia Tech's Computer Science Department led by Dr. Denis Gracanin.

We are in the era of life-long learnership and WCCTEC is proud to have a school culture that empowers instructors with the creative freedom to adopt emerging technologies to enhance student learning and afford an expansion of choices. We are grateful to WCCTEC's Bethanie Fields for embracing the technology with enthusiasm to give her students additional opportunities for success. Please follow the WCCTEC on Twitter @wcctec to keep pace with exciting work taking place daily. 

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Mike Stewart