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Funding for innovative learning project

The Interactive 360° video simulation project, led by NETTOP and the Faculty of Health Sciences at UiS, has received almost 10 million NOK from the EU.

Funding for innovative learning project From left: Bodil Bø Våga, Mari Linn Atterås Larsen (NETTOP), Atle Løkken (NETTOP), Kåre Spanne (NETTOP) and Malene Søiland.

In the assessment of the application for the Erasmus+ program, the project received a particularly high score on relevance.

- This is a confirmation of the project's potential and that the objectives are in line with the EU's needs. We are super satisfied, says Bodil Bø Våga, associate professor and responsible for the nursing programme at UiS.

Demand for innovative learning methodology

The rationale for the project originates from the fact that there is an increasing need for health workers in Europe. The education of health workers, especially nurses, requires a substantial amount of practical training. It is challenging to offer enough access to training facilities, and the cost associated with such fasilities or simulators is often high.

The project therefore aims to develop an innovative learning methodology that combines 360° video and interactivity to create engaging simulation training at a lower cost. The project also aims to give new ideas to companies that develop services, products and technologies towards teaching.

Benefits from the media industry

- The media industry has invested both time and money in testing 360° video in traditional storytelling and broadcasting without much success. The project will utilize 360​° ​video in simulation training and thus utilize the potential of this technology in teaching, says Mari Linn Atterås Larsen. She is a senior advisor and video producer at NETTOP, UiS's e-learning unit.

The aim of the project is not to develop new technological solutions, but to utilize existing technologies in an innovative way in learning.

Transnational cooperation

For the university, this means recognition of the academic community, and the expertise of the Faculty of Health Sciences and NETTOP. The project gives UiS the opportunity to collaborate with other research and teaching institutions, as well as commercial partners in an exciting and challenging research area.

The project is led by the University of Stavanger (NETTOP and the Faculty of Health Sciences) Other partners are University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Catholic University of Valencia (Spain), Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Screen Story (Norway), Quasar Dynamics (Spain) and ADE Animations Designs & Effects (Finland).

The project will run from 2020 to 2022 and the budget is 963,566 Euros.

Text: Benedicte Pentz
Photo: Mari Hult