Virtual reality Student experience

The students loved their VR experience, with one feeding back:

Interactive, inspirational, emotional, eye opening, immersive.

Students from our mental health pathway returning today for a Recall day to reflect on their practice with their lecturer Josie Tuck, were somewhat surprised to find our tech team (John Moran and Dave Hunt from FLIE) and Debbie Holley and Heidi Singleton (our Faculty VR experts) ready and waiting with a pile of OCULUS QUESTS. Below, Josie is pictured with student Molly, as Molly explores the award winning ‘Goliath’ psychosis film.

Josie with student Molly wearing a VR headset

Directed by Barry Gene Murphy and May Abdalla, “Goliath” is a 25-minute animated VR experience that “explores the limits of reality, demonstrates the weight of mental illness and lauds the supportive power of the gaming community.” (Variety 2021)

Tilda Swinton is the voice of Echo, the narrator who guides users through the many realities of Goliath, a man who spent years in isolating mental health institutions but who finds connection in multiplayer games. The VR experience, based on one man’s true-life story, is meant to shed an empathetic light on the condition of schizophrenia while taking users through multiple worlds to uncover Goliath’s story.

Josie explains: “…encouraging our students to reflect upon their practice is a key part of their learning, and drawing upon a wide range of teaching resources makes the sessions engaging, interesting and interactive. ”

Josie, Debbie and Heidi all research as part of the Nursing for Long Term Health Research centre, you can find out more about our work on twitter @N4LTH.

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