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Remote Presence Telementoring

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The College of Nursing is committed to the "learn where you live" initiative in Saskatchewan and as such, is using unique and innovative technology to support teaching and learning in the distributed undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. To fulfill the commitment to students to deliver a quality learner-centered program across the province, several technologies are being utilized, including video conferencing, web conferencing, mobile devices, asynchronous and hybrid learning environments and remote presence telementoring.

By using Remote Presence (RP) Telementoring technology, nursing students living in northern communities have access to faculty and mentors. The RP7i model the university is using is an independently mobile robot with an articulated flat-screen monitor for visual display, a dual camera configuration and full on-board audio, for a seamless and immersive experience. The technology allows faculty experts to engage with learners at remote sites to teach and assess clinical competencies. Remote Presence in nursing education removes geographical barriers and supports students to "learn where they live".

"The goal of launching Remote Presence technology is to address the critical shortage of healthcare workers in rural and remote communities," said Lorna Butler, Dean, College of Nursing. "The pursuit of post-secondary education should not be disadvantaged by geography. This technology will help us overcome many of the barriers to accessing continuing education and health services, by offering students the opportunity to obtain a first-class education without leaving their communities."

The robots are located in the Northlands College Nursing Skills Lab in Air Ronge, SK and the Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority at St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Centre in Ile-a-la-Crosse, SK. The technology allows faculty members located at the three U of S College of Nursing sites in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert to "beam in" to the northern sites on demand. These northern communities are excited to be the first in Canada using this innovative technology for nursing education.

For more information, please contact the Dean or the Director of Information and Communications Technology at the College of Nursing.