Classroom to escape room: an innovative experience to prepare and test students

Colthup, Rebecca and Ross, Amanda Louise orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7180-6915 (2024) Classroom to escape room: an innovative experience to prepare and test students. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 16 (1). pp. 26-34. ISSN 1759-1376

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Paramedicine is a rapidly evolving profession and teaching strategies need to be creative and forward thinking to meet the ever-changing demands of the role. Educational escape rooms incorporate a variety of learning environments in which students participate in a range of simulation-based activities based on solving puzzles and retrieving codes, which result in finding a prize. A mixed methods action research study was undertaken to ascertain whether an escape room approach can increase engagement and attainment in year-one paramedic science degree students at a UK university. The results showed that 100% (n=52) stated they would recommend this activity, 100% (n=52) agreed it helped them to review their teamwork skills and 98% (n=51) said that it improved their communication techniques. Non-technical skills enable the development of technical skills and knowledge within the workplace and are an overarching factor in providing good practice and reducing errors. An escape room approach is arguably an effective teaching method when the activities are based on learning outcomes.

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