Welcome to the ViReTrain website!

Here you can find all the results produced during the project. One of the great things about ViReTrain is that everything you see here, including the VR software itself, is open source and covered by the Creative Commons license. We actively encourage others to use or build upon our work. We are also keenly interested to hear what others have to say and would be delighted to receive any feedback.

The Erasmus+ funded project commenced in September 2020 and concluded in August 2023. The ViReTrain team consisted of members representing four Universities from across Europe along with a technical partner.

The foremost objective of the work is to support greater use of VR in vocational nursing education. To facilitate this outcome a number of complimentary streams of work were completed. Initially, extensive research was undertaken focusing on the existing use of VR within the field of nursing education, and the results of which are published in three public reviews. Based on Darmann-Finck’s educational heuristic, a pedagogical concept for VR-supported learning situations was developed. The pedagogical concept led to the creation of well-grounded and theoretically underpinned modules which mirror the complexities of reality. A VR- tutorial and three stand-alone VR scenarios were designed and developed by the team to support students in gaining competencies across chosen areas of nursing, namely surgical care, respiratory care, and acute stroke care. The Educator’s Handbook (available in English, German, Danish and Finnish) provides a brief explanation of the pedagogical concept, gives a step by step guide on how to use the VR equipment, describes the three modules developed and provides an overview of the VR scenarios themselves.