An anonymous commenter on my recent post on the CDC in Second Life directed me to the Idaho Bioterrorism Awareness and Preparedness Program’s Play2Train project. This space provides a virtual training environment for emergency response professionals. They have a town set up where they can role play various disaster scenarios complete with victims, as well as a hospital with exercise machines, an isolation ward and a surgery room. They have also created a machinima video depicting the various stages of smallpox, and a simulation to help teach lung sound auscultation (a fancy way of saying “listening to the lungs with a stethoscope”). What a great way of doing this type of training in a low-cost way but with a big impact.
About Nedra Weinreich
Nedra helps nonprofits and public agencies create positive change on health and social issues through social marketing and transmedia storytelling strategies at Weinreich Communications since founding the company in 1995. She helps organizations make a difference for the populations they serve by strategically designing programs that draw on state-of-the-art behavior change techniques, digital media approaches and the power of stories.