By Prasha Sooful, Alex Hogan, and Leigh Moore
Audiology is a multifaceted profession involved in the assessment and management of hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children (Audiology Australia, 2020). Audiologists work in a range of settings that can include public, private, education, and primary health care. The Northern Territory audiologist community is a small one with less than 30 audiologists in total. To assist with professional development, an annual event is held to provide training and networking opportunities for audiologists from different sectors.
Effective training of adult learners requires training content and training methods to be meaningful and engaging. Traditional training methods for professionals include didactic or lecture style teaching while contemporary training methods can include gamification or elements of game design to place learners into problem solving and decision-making roles. This creates learning challenges and rewards completion of challenges (Guglielman, 2012).
Game-based learning has many advantages including engaging learners and increasing retention of training content (Totara, 2020; Eukel et al, 2017). Rewards and challenges also appeal to highly competitive learners and individuals who enjoy interacting with others. By 2017, commercial and educational escape rooms had been become increasingly popular (Brown et al, 2019; Clarke et al, 2017).
An educational escape room is a time-limited, live-action group endeavor in which participants unravel a series of problems and puzzles (Zhang et al, 2018; Jambhekar et al, 2019). It incorporates problem-based learning and aids in the development of critical-thinking skills (Jambhekar et al, 2019; Jaramillo et al, 2019; Wu and Hein, 2018). Discipline specific educational escape rooms have shown positive learning outcomes for nursing, pharmacy, and medical disciplines (Wu and Hein, 2018).
“Huh?” is used in at least 31 languages around the world! A version of the word can be found in nearly every language on Earth (Dingemanse et al, 2013). This research concluded that all languages studied included a word similar, in both sound and function, to the English “huh?” Regardless of language, the word is…
If you have a dog or cat, you’ve probably seen their ears moving toward an interesting or startling sound. For professional equestrians, watching the ears of their horse allows them to gauge their shifting attention. Humans still have these same muscles, and even more interesting is their relationship to our brain and how we pay attention. …
Tai Chi is not just for increasing balance; it may also help improve cognitive performance. In a recent randomized controlled trial, study participants who practiced a form of Tai Chi twice a week for six months improved their scores on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) when compared to a control group (Fuzhong et al, 2023)….