"Impact of Simulation Exercises on Student Learning and Performance in Physiology Laboratory"

This study examines the impact of computer simulation and high fidelity simulation on student learning and engagement in an undergraduate physiology laboratory class. Specific Aims of the proposed study include: 1) Evaluate whether the inclusion of computer based physiology simulation and high fidelity mannequin simulation improves student comprehension and performance related to complex topics in cardiovascular and respiratory physiology; 2) Assess the impact various simulation exercises on student engagement and overall course satisfaction in physiology laboratory; 3) Ascertain the students’ perception of a multipronged approach to the teaching of physiology topics that includes computer based simulation, and high fidelity mannequin simulation compared to standard lecture. Data collection is in progress, with data collected from the first class in May 2014.