Faculty of Health

Faculty of Health Virtual Tours

Innovative approaches to student engagement and orientation

Virtual tours are a great way to convey a variety of visual information in an engaging format. Using 360 degree panoramas, a viewer can get a sense of 'being there' beyond the capabilities of regular photographs. Coupled with thoughtful design and quality information, virtual tours can be a highly effectively format for education, orientation and promotion.

The Faculty of Health has developed virtual tours for a range of contexts.


Uni-View - School of Medicine & Medical Sciences Precinct

Project work by staff in the School of Medicine brought new expertise to the tour development process. This tour showcases the new Medical Sciences Precinct in Hobart and profiles courses available through the School of Medicine in both Hobart and Sandy Bay.

View the Uni-View - School of Medicine virtual tour.

Uni-View - School of Health Sciences Nursing Facilities

A virtual tour of the Clinical Education and Simulation Training Centre at Newnham Campus in Launceston provides students with an orientation of the high-fidelity simulated learning suite. It features orientation videos, floor plans and a location map.

View the Uni-View - Nursing Facilities virtual tour.


Aboriginal Health Services

Following on from the Rural Health Virtual Tours, a partnership between the Tasmanian Clinical Education Centre (TCEN), the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and the Centre for Rural Health (CRH) developed virtual tours of three Aboriginal Health Services across Tasmania.

These tours provide students on placement with orientation and preparation information to enhance their placement experience. The tours also allow other health professionals or members of the public to discover more about the role of the Aboriginal Health Services in Tasmania.

View the tours now on the TCEN website.

Rural Health Centres

The first set of tours developed at the Faculty of Health was by the Centre for Rural Health. Much of the initial scoping and testing work was carried out that informed further projects was conducted here. These tours provided orientation information for students heading out on placement in rural and remote areas.

An initial pilot of five health centres was expanded by a partnership with the Tasmanian Clinical Education Network, with the suite of tours now covering more than ten rural sites across the state.

View the tours now on the TCEN website.

Resources

Developing Virtual Tours in the education context is often a multi-disciplinary and multi-skilled endeavour. These resources include technical guides, design consideration and quality reviews.


People

A number of skilled Faculty of Health staff have worked hard to make these tours possible.

  • Michael Valk - Tour design and development for Uni-View Virtual Tours.
  • Darren Grattidge, Centre for Rural Health. Photography and image processing for Uni-View Virtual Tours.
  • Merylin Cross, Centre for Rural Health. Academic lead for the Rural Health Centre and Aboriginal Health Centre tours. Liaison with health centre staff, provision of expertise in the development of orientation resources.
  • Uni-View - School of Medicine virtual tour
    • Netty Gibson - Project management and tour testing
    • Jeremy O'Reilly - Tour testing and liaison / open resources
    • Adam Carvosso - Web support (open resources)
    • Christiane King - Graphic and interface design.
    • Carolyn King - Academic and project lead for the Uni-View virtual tour.
  • Service staff from the Department of Health and Human Services and Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre have provided valuable student orientation information.
  • A number of other staff from across the Faculty and beyond have been involved in these tours including testing, advice, liaison and general support. Their input has been greatly appreciated.

Would you like to know more?

If you would like any information regarding the development process, please contact us at health.sciences@utas.edu.au. We'd be happy to provide you with some information or answer any questions.