Stroke Exhibit Finds New Home at HealthInfo Island

Walk-through middle cerebral artery at HealthInfo Island

Walk-through middle cerebral artery at HealthInfo Island

Our stroke awareness exhibit, with its displays, quizzes, and free gifts, is now up and running at HealthInfo Island.

…the island is home to a consumer health library and a medical library, as well as virtual outposts or displays run by the National Library of Medicine’s Special Information Services, contractors for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Accessibility Center.

Carolina Keats, who runs the island, had seen the exhibit when it was up at the OT Center on Eduisland II and asked if we would consider placing it there after the exhibit period was over. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the wonderful resources and collaboration that make HealthInfo Island a unique Second Life(R) venue.

Program Development and Survey Statistics

I am one of the occupational therapy (OT) graduate students working on the exhibits at the OT Center in Second Life (SL). I also am doing my Masters research paper on program development in SL. Through my literature review, I have found that virtual reality is emerging as a new venue in the educational arena through the use of this virtual world called SL. The purpose of my study is to develop and evaluate a program within Second Life, to educate teachers and the public about occupational therapy, and to form collaborative relationships with other educators in this virtual environment.

I have begun collecting and analyzing survey data from our latest exhibit on Stroke Awareness. Since our exhibit opened 8 days ago, I have collected 21 surveys from avatars (online personas) who have willingly agreed to partake in the survey after visiting the interactive display. The preliminary data is as follows:

60% said they would return to the Center, 25% said maybe, and 15% said no.

86% said the information clarified something, 5% said maybe, and 9% said no.

95% rated the display as super or good and 5% rated it ok.

My time in SL has been an interesting one. I am still a “newbie”. I have been in SL for about 5 months so far. There is so much to learn and explore. There are many opportunities to meet people to collaborate with and technologies to use to make learning fun! Hope to see you at the OT Center soon!!

Stroke Awareness Exhibit

Our new Stroke Awareness exhibit is up and running, until June 18. It includes a walk-through middle cerebral artery (frequently involved in stroke), information displays about stroke basics, statistics, and rehabilitation, and clot-dissolving quizzes.

Also included are a video about the experience of 2 caregivers and resource information. Participants can also pick up free gifts at the Center: brain t-shirts, an MRI silver necklace, and a brain hat. It was quite a thrill to come to the Center and discover 2 people there wearing the shirts!