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A study confirms that the use of ‘escape rooms’ in universities improves the students’ motivation and learning

The research was led by the University of Granada (UGR) and published in the journal ‘Nurse Education Today’

A study carried out by UGR researchers shows that the use of the so called ‘escape rooms’ in university teaching helps the students to be motivated and learn their subjects.

The paper has been published in the journal Nurse Education Today. ‘Escape rooms consist of locking a group of 2‑5 people in a room, and they must escape from it under a limited time (usually 30 minutes),” professor José Luis Gómez Urquiza from the UGR Department of Nursing, lead author of this research, explains.

In said room, the students had to carry out a series of tasks in order to escape, such as solving puzzles, connecting clues or opening locks using a padlock, all of that demonstrating both theoretical and practical knowledge learned in class.

The tasks the participants of this study –second‑year nursing students enrolled in the ‘Adult Nursing 1’ subject from the UGR– had to carry out included performing a cardiopulmonary resuscitation, doing a C‑section to a doll (after finding the surgical gown and sterile gloves), collecting a blood sample from a mannequin’s arm or placing electrodes on the mannequin and reading the electrocardiogram in order to find a three‑digit key.

The 115 UGR Nursing students that participated in this teaching game considered that the experience helped them learn the subject, was useful for remembering and fixing the knowledge needed for the exam and, furthermore, it motivated them to study. Moreover, they considered that it was an enjoyable game and that there should be more games of this type in the university.

Bibliographic reference:

Jose L. Gómez-Urquiza, Juan Gómez-Salgado, Luis Albendín- García, María Correa-Rodríguez, Emilio González-Jiménez, Guillermo A. Cañadas-De la Fuente, The impact on nursing STUDENTS’ opinions and motivation of using a “nursing escape room’ as a teaching game: A descriptive study. Ynedt (2018).

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.10.018

Images:

One of the scape rooms which took place at the UGR

Contact info:

José Luis Gómez Urquiza

Department of Nursing – University of Granada

Phone number: (+34) 958 241 000 ext. 48047

E‑mail: jlgurquiza@ugr.es