Reflections on the March 2021 Mini Conference

On Thursday, 25th of March, the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit held their second mini conference of the academic year. Focussed on the theme of embedding wellbeing in the curriculum, the conference brought together internal and external speakers on three strands: recognising barriers to student well-being, building resilience in students, and encouraging students to flourish.

The conference boasted a range of speakers from across Aberystwyth University, as well as an external speaker from Coleg Cambria. Topics ranged from the ongoing work on wellbeing by the Student Support team, wellbeing in foundation year programmes, and building student resilience to reframing of mistakes as a learning opportunity, and personalising approaches to engaging with students and their work. Our two keynote speakers, Frederica Roberts and Kate Lister focussed on positive education and online communities respectively. In the spirit of the conference, the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit also organised two activities during the morning and afternoon breaks: desk yoga and a guided meditation with local yoga teacher Regina Hellmich, which several delegates identified as a conference highlight. The day concluded with a plenary session in which everyone was encouraged to reflect on their insights and identify concrete applications of best practice going forward.

If you missed the mini conference or could only attend parts of it, you can now access recordings of most presentations here. Simply log in with your Aberystwyth ID and password. In addition, we strongly encourage you to sign up to our next Academy Forum on the 20th of April, entitled “How can I embed wellbeing into the curriculum?” – we look forward to seeing you there.

Continued Professional Development – What’s on Offer?

The Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit offers a number of sessions for Continued Professional Development (CPD) covering a range of topics. We offer sessions in both English and Welsh. Welsh-language sessions will appear in Welsh on the staff training website.
In this blog post, I will detail the range of sessions on offer for you between now and January, who to contact to find out more about them, and how to book a place for a session.
Here is what’s on offer in the coming months:

November:

  • Sessions aimed at Graduate Teaching Assistants, both on Developing your Teaching Practice and on Using MS Teams, Teaching Room Equipment & Synchronous Delivery (English and Welsh language sessions available)
  • A session on Facilitating Intrinsic Motivation in Students – the Self Determination Theory Perspective (English language only)
  • Sessions on E-Learning Essentials: Introductions to Blackboard, TurnitIn, and Panopto (the former in English, the latter two in Welsh)
  • Sessions on Creating Accessible Learning Materials, Learning Environments, and Techniques for Teaching Scientific Subjects as well as Using Jisc Online Surveys (all English language)
  • Two Academy forums on Why and How to Help Students to Reflect on Their Learning, and on Motivation Strategies for Online Learning Engagement

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Two guides: a Video Recording Checklist and Video Recording Tips

As more and more materials are made available online, including pre-recorded lectures, it is easy to become overwhelmed: in addition to adapting teaching materials for this different type of delivery and streamlining information into shorter instalments, the practical aspects of recording videos for teaching can be daunting. But fear not! The Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit has created two guides, a Video Recording Checklist and Video Recording Tips.
It is important to remember that no one expects a perfect greenscreen or Minority Report– style, interactive multi-stream extravaganza. If you follow the checklist, you will ensure your videos will be of a consistently solid standard, without much hassle. The tips offer you extra help with improving your video recording skills.
If you have any further questions, want additional guidance, or seek clarifications, remember that the LTEU is only an email away, at lteu@aber.ac.uk and elearning@aber.ac.uk.

Hello from one of your newly appointed Online Learning Specialists

Hello, I’m Sioned, one of three newly appointed Online Learning Specialists who have recently joined the Learning & Teaching Enhancement Unit (LTEU).
Sioned stood at Aberystwyth seafront
Having been born and raised in Aberystwyth, I am very excited to return to the University, having completed my BSc, MSc and PhD at the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES). Whilst completing my PhD, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to teach at DGES on a variety of Welsh- and English-medium modules and I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2019. Since July 2019 I have been employed at Menter a Busnes, in the first instance undertaking research into measuring greenhouse gas emissions on Welsh farms and then as Development and Mentoring Manager, providing guidance to facilitators running face-to-face and online discussion groups with Welsh farmers.

I look forward to drawing on my past experiences, learning from other colleagues in LTEU and from staff members more generally across the University, to share best practices on delivering high-quality teaching to Aberystwyth University students through virtual channels. As a first-language Welsh speaker, I am also very excited to be given the opportunity to help develop the provision of Welsh-medium online teaching training courses to university staff.

If you’d like to discuss anything related to online learning, please feel free to contact me in Welsh or English on sil12@aber.ac.uk.

Hello from your other new Online Learning Specialist.

Sut mae, pawb!
I am Lara, a new member of the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit (LTEU) for the next six months. I’ve been offered this opportunity to introduce myself.
I am originally from Germany, Bavaria to be precise. I grew up in the Alps, and I still miss the mountains from time to time. But the sea, and the hills of Wales are very good substitutes.

Dramatic mountain range in Upper Bavaria. © Lara Kipp

Mountains in Upper Bavaria. © Lara Kipp

Aberystwyth sunset, showing the silhouette of Aberystwyth Pier. © Lara Kipp

Aberystwyth Sunset. © Lara Kipp

I came to Aberystwyth in 2009 to study Joint Honours Scenography & Theatre Design and Drama & Theatre Studies. I fell in love with Aberystwyth, the place, and the people. As my undergraduate studies drew to a close, one of my tutors recommended I apply for the Access to Masters programme, so I did. This brilliant EU initiative sadly no longer exists. As part of this programme, I studied on the MA Practising Theatre & Performance, and was partnered with the Magic of Life Butterfly House in Cwm Rheidol. I applied for a PhD at Aberystwyth University, as my MA supervisor encouraged me, and helped me develop a proposal. I was offered the Doctoral Career Development Scholarship. One week after my viva voce – the final examination for a PhD – I was offered a full-time lecturing post at the University of Derby in the midlands.
Even though they say that if you stay more than five years in Aberystwyth, you’ll never leave, after seven years I packed my bag and moved from the sea to the place furthest from the sea on the UK mainland…but, as you can guess from my writing this, the mysterious gravity of Aber soon pulled me back. I returned to my alma mater for sessional and part-time teaching, while offering freelance workshops, and tutoring privately alongside. I started learning Welsh, which has been great fun and something I recommend to everyone, especially those usually in a teaching position. It’s extremely useful to put ourselves into learners’ shoes from time to time.
I have always enjoyed learning, and was very fortunate that I had exceptional teachers all throughout my education, not least at Aberystwyth University. Now I am on the other side, I continually strive to become that kind of educator: one that learners trust, and feel encouraged by to do their best. Joining the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit is the next step for me, developing ways to support staff with all their teaching and learning needs. Now more than ever, this is essential work, as we all learn to deal with the unprecedented crisis of a global pandemic, and strive to minimise its impact on our students.
If you’re interested in my creative practice, research, or publications, I point you towards my personal website.

Hello from your new Online Learning Specialist!

My name is Ania and I am one of the three Online Learning Specialists joining the LTEU.

Some of you may recognise me as I have previously worked with Information Services, at first as Communications, Marketing and E-learning Support Officer and then as part of the E-learning Group providing technical support to staff and overseeing smooth running of online exams. In the summer of 2019, I left Aberystwyth to pursue a master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology. During my degree, I also worked for Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union as a Volunteer Centre Coordinator. 

I would have never guessed I will be given the opportunity to join the LTEU once again. I am extremely grateful to be able to work alongside such a supportive team and contribute to the further development of, already outstanding, teaching at AU. Throughout my time of working at AU in the I have always been inspired by the dedication and creativity of AU teaching staff. I look forward to learning from your expertise and work alongside each one of you in delivering high-quality online teaching to our students. I am hoping to draw on research in the area of Positive Education, providing you with (hopefully) an interesting and transformative perspective of students’ basic psychological needs and their motivation for learning. It is clear that the upcoming year will be full of challenges for students as well as staff and I am hoping to provide you with the support and knowledge needed for you to develop online teaching that is sustainable, in line with your methods and the needs of your students.

I look forward to meeting you.

Please feel free to contact with me any queries comments: aeu@aber.ac.uk

Ania

[:en]Digital Insights 2018/19 benchmarking data[:cy]Data Meincnodi Mewnwelediad Digidol 2018/19 [:]

[:en]As promised in the previous post outlining some of the key findings of this year’s Digital Insights survey for students we will now present you with the benchmarking data from 29 other Higher Education in UK (14560 responses from students).

Having access to the benchmarking data gives us an opportunity to judge how well we are actually doing and determine which issues are specific to Aberystwyth and which are common to all HE institutions in our sector.

Overall, significantly more students at AU rated the quality of this university’s digital provision (software, hardware, learning environment) as ‘Excellent’.

 

 

 

 

In many aspects, the ratings of AU digital provisions were higher than the benchmarking data, however with regard to interactive digital activities such as using educational games or simulations, polling software or working online with others the results were lower.

In the next post from the Digital Insights’ series we will present you with examples of useful learning apps and tools given by students.


Significantly more students at AU responded that they have access to ‘recorded lectures’ at university whenever they need them.

 

 

 

 

Significantly more students at AU agree the university help them stay safe online.

 

 

 

 

 

Significantly more students at AU agree that they can easily find things on the VLE.

 

 

 

 

 

Significantly more students at AU agree that online assessments are delivered and managed well.

 

 

 

 

 

Significantly more students at AU never work online with others as part of their course.

 

 

 

 

 

Significantly more students at AU never use a polling device or online quiz to give answers in class as part of their course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 [:cy]Fel yr addawyd yn y neges flaenorol oedd yn amlinellu rhai o ddarganfyddiadau allweddol arolwg Mewnwelediad Digidol eleni i fyfyrwyr byddwn nawr yn cyflwyno’r data meincnodi o 29 o sefydliadau Addysg Uwch eraill yn y DU (14560 o ymatebion gan fyfyrwyr).

Mae cael mynediad i’r data meincnodi yn rhoi cyfle i ni weld yn union pa mor dda yr ydym yn ei wneud a phenderfynu pa faterion sy’n benodol i Aberystwyth a pha rai sy’n gyffredin i’r holl sefydliadau Addysg Uwch yn ein sector.

Yn gyffredinol, gwnaeth cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA nodi bod darpariaeth ddigidol y brifysgol hon (meddalwedd, caledwedd, amgylchedd dysgu) yn ‘Ardderchog’.

 

 

 

 

 

Mewn nifer o agweddau, roedd cyfraddau darpariaethau digidol PA yn uwch na’r data meincnodi, fodd bynnag, o ran gweithgareddau digidol rhyngweithiol, megis defnyddio gemau addysgol neu efelychiadau, meddalwedd pleidleisio neu weithio ar-lein gydag eraill, roedd y canlyniadau’n is.

Yn y neges nesaf yn y gyfres ‘Mewnwelediad Digidol’ byddwn yn cyflwyno enghreifftiau o apiau ac offer dysgu defnyddiol a roddwyd gan fyfyrwyr.


Gwnaeth cryn dipyn y fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA ymateb i ddweud bod ganddynt fynediad i ‘ddarlithoedd wedi’u recordio’ yn y brifysgol pryd bynnag yr oeddent eu hangen.

 

 

 

 

 

Mae cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA yn cytuno bod y brifysgol yn eu cynorthwyo i gadw’n ddiogel ar-lein.

 

 

 

 

 

Mae cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA yn cytuno eu bod yn gallu dod o hyd i bethau’n hawdd ar yr Amgylchedd Dysgu Rhithwir.

 

 

 

 

 

Mae cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA yn cytuno bod asesiadau ar-lein yn cael eu cyflwyno a’u rheoli’n dda.

 

 

 

 

 

Doedd cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA byth yn gweithio ar-lein gydag eraill yn rhan o’u cwrs.

 

 

 

 

 

Doedd cryn dipyn yn fwy o fyfyrwyr yn PA byth yn defnyddio dyfais bleidleisio na chwisiau ar-lein i roi atebion yn y dosbarth yn rhan o’u cwrs.

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[:en]Findings of the Digital Insights survey running at AU for the second time![:cy]Darganfyddiadau arolwg Mewnwelediad Digidol a gynhaliwyd yn PA am yr eilwaith![:]

[:en]Last year Aberystwyth University took part in the pilot of JISC Student Digital Experience Tracker – an online survey designed by JISC to collect information about students’ expectations and experiences of technology. The 2017/18 pilot has led to a new Jisc service now called Digital Experience Insights.

Digital Insights survey for students run at AU in January 2019. We were very excited about running this survey for the second time, as it enabled us to compare the findings with last year’s result and track our progress on digital provisions.

Below you will see a short summary of some of the key findings. If you wish to discuss them further or get more information on the project, please contact us at elearning@aber.ac.uk.

As you may be aware the Digital Experience Insights survey comes with a benchmarking data from other Higher Education institutions in our sector. The benchmarking data has been now made available and we will share it with you in the next Digital Insights post.

If you wish to read about AU experience of running Digital Insights in academic year 2017/18, take a look at the article published on Jisc website or browse through our previous posts:


Digital Experience Insights 2018/19

 

WiFi

Students’ satisfaction with WiFi increased by 7.3% in comparison to last year’s survey. Although WiFi is still the most common theme in students comment, the number of comments regarding WiFi decreased from 66 last year to 38 this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E-books & E-journals

7.7% less students responded that they have access to e-books and journals whenever they need them, this issue has been also mentioned in 19 of students’ comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackboard
The issue regarding a navigation in Blackboard seemed to improve. There were only 3 comments about this issue in comparison to 20 last year and 8.2% increase in the question on Blackboard navigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The question wording has changed since the 2017/18 survey which could have impacted the ratings.

 

Security
Students are more satisfied with the provisions regarding security issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile devices
The use of smartphone to support learning increased slightly. In the comments, students talked about the need of core services such as Panopto and Blackboard being mobile friendly and about usefulness of apps helping them with their studies. Interestingly, when asked whether they would prefer to be allowed to use their own mobile devices in class only 49% answered ‘At any time’, 45.4% answered ‘Only to carry out class activities’ and 5.6% ‘None of the time’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use of technology
There is a shift towards using more technology, there were quite a few comments about staff needing more training on the use of technology and there was an increase of nearly 10% of students wanting more technology to be used on their course.

 

 

 [:cy]Y llynedd gwnaeth Prifysgol Aberystwyth gymryd rhan yng nghynllun peilot Traciwr Profiad Digidol Myfyrwyr JISC – arolwg ar-lein a gynlluniwyd gan JISC i gasglu gwybodaeth am ddisgwyliadau a phrofiadau myfyrwyr o dechnoleg. Mae peilot 2017/18 wedi arwain at wasanaeth JISC newydd nawr o’r enw Mewnwelediad Profiad Digidol.

Cynhaliwyd arolwg Mewnwelediad Digidol i fyfyrwyr yn PA ym mis Ionawr 2019. Roeddem yn gyffrous iawn ynghylch cynnal yr arolwg am yr eilwaith, oherwydd ei fod yn ein galluogi i gymharu’r darganfyddiadau â chanlyniadau’r llynedd a chadw golwg ar ein cynnydd o ran darpariaethau digidol.

Isod ceir crynodeb byr o rai o’r prif ddarganfyddiadau. Os hoffech eu trafod ymhellach neu gael rhagor o wybodaeth am y prosiect, cysylltwch â ni ar elearning@aber.ac.uk.

Fel y gwyddoch efallai, mae’r arolwg Mewnwelediad Profiad Digidol yn dod gyda data meincnodi gan sefydliadau Addysg Uwch eraill yn ein sector. Mae’r data meincnodi bellach ar gael a byddwn yn ei rannu â chi yn y neges Mewnwelediad Digidol nesaf.

Os hoffech ddarllen am brofiad PA o gynnal Mewnwelediad Digidol ym mlwyddyn academaidd 2017/18, edrychwch ar yr erthygl a gyhoeddwyd ar wefan JISC neu porwch drwy ein negeseuon blaenorol:


Mewnwelediad Profiad Digidol 2018/19

 

WiFi

Cynyddodd boddhad y myfyrwyr â’r ddarpariaeth WiFi o 7.3% o’i gymharu ag arolwg y llynedd. Er mai WiFi yw’r thema fwyaf cyffredin yn sylwadau’r myfyrwyr o hyd, mae nifer y sylwadau ynghylch WiFi wedi lleihau o 66 y llynedd i 38 eleni.

E-lyfrau ac E-gyfnodolion

Ymatebodd 7.7% yn llai o fyfyrwyr fod ganddynt fynediad i e-lyfrau ac e-gyfnodolion pan fônt eu hangen, mae’r mater hwn wedi cael ei grybwyll yn 19 o sylwadau’r myfyrwyr.

 

Blackboard

Mae’r broblem o ran llywio yn Blackboard wedi gwella mae’n ymddangos. Dim ond 3 sylw oedd am y broblem hon o’i gymharu ag 20 y llynedd a chynnydd o 8.2% yn y cwestiwn am lywio yn Blackboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Mae geiriad y cwestiwn wedi newid ers arolwg 2017/18 a allai fod wedi effeithio ar y cyfraddau.

 

Diogelwch

Mae’r myfyrwyr yn fwy bodlon â’r darpariaethau o ran materion diogelwch.

Dyfeisiau symudol

Mae defnyddio ffonau clyfar i gynorthwyo dysgu wedi cynyddu rhywfaint. Yn y sylwadau, roedd myfyrwyr yn siarad am yr angen i wasanaethau craidd megis Panopto a Blackboard fod yn addas ar gyfer teclynnau symudol ac am fudd apiau i’w helpu â’u hastudiaethau. Yn ddiddorol iawn, pan ofynnwyd iddynt a fyddai’n well ganddynt gael caniatâd i ddefnyddio eu dyfeisiau symudol eu hunain yn y dosbarth, dim ond 49% a atebodd ‘Ar unrhyw adeg’, atebodd 45.4% ‘I wneud gweithgareddau yn y dosbarth yn unig’ ac atebodd 5.6% ‘Dim o gwbl’.

 

Defnyddio technoleg

Mae yna symudiad tuag at ddefnyddio mwy o dechnoleg, roedd yna nifer o sylwadau ynghylch y ffaith bod angen i’r staff gael rhagor o hyfforddiant ar ddefnyddio technoleg ac roedd cynnydd o bron i 10% yn y myfyrwyr oedd eisiau i fwy o dechnoleg gael ei defnyddio ar eu cwrs.

 

 

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[:en]How can we help you with the Blank Course Copy?[:cy]Sut allwn ni eich helpu chi gyda’r Copi Gwag o Gyrsiau?[:]

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Postgraduate Blackboard modules for 2020/21 academic year will be created with no content. Previously, year by year the content was automatically copied over for all Blackboard modules.

Preparing postgraduate modules for the next year will require the module co-ordinators to copy over existing and/or upload new material into the new iteration of their module. All modules will contain an agreed departmental menu template that content will need to be organised under.

We would like to assist staff with preparing their modules as much as we can. We are happy to come to your office or for you to come and visit us. If you would like to book an appointment with a member of the E-learning Group, please let us know a convenient time and place where you would like to meet.

We have prepared these FAQs with detailed guideline on copying different elements on Blackboard and produced the information help sheet below.

We look forward to work closely with all staff and supporting you in any convenient for you way. [:cy]

Bydd modiwlau Blackboard Uwchraddedig ar gyfer blwyddyn academaidd  2019/20 yn cael eu creu heb gynnwys. Yn flaenorol, roedd y cynnwys yn cael ei gopïo drosodd bob blwyddyn yn awtomatig ar gyfer holl fodiwlau Blackboard.

Bydd paratoi modiwlau Uwchraddedig ar gyfer y flwyddyn nesaf yn golygu bod cydlynwyr y modiwlau’n copïo deunydd presennol drosodd neu’n uwchlwytho deunydd newydd i’r ailadroddiad o’u modiwl. Bydd yr holl fodiwlau’n cynnwys templed o ddewislen adrannol y cytunwyd arni a bydd rhaid trefnu’r cynnwys yn unol â’r ddewislen hon.

Hoffem gynorthwyo staff i baratoi modiwlau gymaint ag y gallwn. Rydym yn fodlon dod i’r swyddfa neu i chi ddod i ymweld â ni. Os hoffech drefnu apwyntiad gydag aelod o’r Grŵp E-ddysgu, rhowch wybod i ni lle a phryd yr hoffech gwrdd.

Rydym wedi paratoi’r Cwestiynau Cyffredin hyn sydd â chanllawiau manwl ar sut i gopïo elfennau gwahanol ar Blackboard ac wedi cynhyrchu’r daflen wybodaeth sy’n cael ei harddangos ar yr ochr chwith.

Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at weithio’n agos â’r holl staff a’ch cynorthwyo mewn unrhyw ffordd sy’n gyfleus i chi.

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[:en]Using Virtual Reality (VR) in Mental Health[:cy]Defnyddio RhithRealiti ym maes Iechyd Meddwl[:]

[:en]Although individuals using VR are conscious of their experience not being real, the physical and psychological responses induced by it are similar to those experienced in real life scenarios.

Using VR in mental health treatment opens up possibilities of working through responses to problematic stimulus without having to face them in a real life. There is an obvious, practical benefit to it; for example, creating a flight simulation for an individual struggling with phobia of flying is a much easier solution that arranging an actual flight.

Additionally, it allows the therapist to work not only based on the patient’s account but to actually observe their responses. Both therapist and the patient have a control over the stimuli making the treatment potentially safer both physically and psychologically.

‘VR has the potential to transform the assessment, understanding and treatment of mental health problems’ (Freeman, et al., p. 2392). It has been used for assessment and treatment of phobias, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, paranoia, eating disorders and autism. For example, a VR app created at Tulane School of Social Work prevents drug and alcohol relapse in patients ‘by practicing self-control and awareness skills in realistic simulations where drugs and alcohol are present’ (Leatham, 2018, para.13).

Gareth Norris and Rachel Rahman from the Psychology department at Aberystwyth University in collaboration with colleagues in Computer Science have recently done a pilot research project using VR to look at its potential for reminiscing in older adults.

The E-learning Group has acquired virtual reality (VR) headsets and camera for staff to use in teaching and research. You can create immersive learning environments or use already existing VR materials. Book the VR headsets and camera from the library loan stock.

 

References:

Farnsworth, B. (2018, May 1). The Future of Therapy – VR and Biometrics. Retrieved from https://imotions.com/blog/vr-therapy-future-biometrics/

Freeman, D. & Freeman, J. (2017, March 22). Why virtual reality could be a mental health gamechanger. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/mar/22/why-virtual-reality-could-be-a-mental-health-gamechanger

Freeman, D., Reeve. S., Robinson, A., Ehlers, A., Clark, D., Spanlang, B. & Slater, M. (2017). Virtual reality in the assessment, understanding, and treatment of mental health disorders. Psychological Medicine, 47 (2393-2400).

Leatham, J. (2018, June 22). How VR is helping Children with Autism Navigate the World around Them. Retrieved from https://www.vrfitnessinsider.com/how-vr-is-helping-children-with-autism-navigate-the-world-around-them/

 [:cy]Er bod unigolion sy’n defnyddio rhithrealiti yn ymwybodol o’r ffaith nad yw eu profiadau’n rhai real, mae’r ymatebion corfforol a seicolegol a ysgogir ganddo yn debyg i’r rhai a brofir mewn sefyllfaoedd gwirioneddol.

Mae defnyddio triniaethau iechyd meddwl rhithrealiti yn agor posibiliadau o weithio trwy’r ymatebion i ysgogiadau problematig heb orfod eu hwynebu mewn bywyd go iawn. Mae i hyn fudd amlwg, ymarferol; er enghraifft, mae creu efelychiad o hedfan ar gyfer unigolyn sy’n brwydro â ffobia ynglŷn â hedfan yn ateb llawer haws na threfnu taith awyren i’r unigolyn.

Ar ben hyn, gall y therapydd weithio nid yn unig ar sail disgrifiad y claf ond gall wylio’u hymatebion. Gall y therapydd a’r claf ill dau reoli’r ysgogiadau a gall hynny wneud y driniaeth yn ddiogelach yn gorfforol a seicolegol.

‘Mae gan rithrealiti’r gallu i drawsnewid y ffordd o asesu, deall a thrin problemau iechyd meddwl’ (Freeman, et al., t. 2392). Cafodd ei ddefnyddio ar gyfer asesu a thrin ffobiâu, pryder, PTSD, caethiwed, paranoia, anhwylderau bwyta ac awtistiaeth. Er enghraifft, mae ap Rhithrealiti, a grëwyd yn Ysgol Gwaith Cymdeithasol Tulane yn rhwystro cleifion caeth i gyffuriau a diod rhag llithro’n ôl ‘trwy ddefnyddio sgiliau hunan-reolaeth ac ymwybyddiaeth mewn efelychiadau realistig lle mae cyffuriau a diod wrth law’ (Leatham, 2018, para.13).

Yn ddiweddar, mae Gareth Norris a Rachel Rahman o Adran Seicoleg Prifysgol Aberystwyth ar y cyd â chydweithwyr o’r Adran Cyfrifiadureg wedi cynnal prosiect ymchwil arbrofol sy’n defnyddio rhithrealiti trwy edrych ar ei bosibiliadau ar gyfer hel atgofion mewn oedolion hŷn.

Llwyddodd y Grŵp E-ddysgu i gaffael setiau pen rhithrealiti a chamera y gall staff eu defnyddio wrth addysgu ac mewn ymchwil. Gallwch greu amgylcheddau dysgu ymdrwytho neu ddefnyddio deunydd rhithrealiti sydd eisoes ar gael. Archebwch y setiau rhithrealiti a’r camera o stoc y llyfrgell.

 

Cyfeiriadaeth:

Farnsworth, B. (2018, Mai 1). The Future of Therapy – VR and Biometrics. Wedi’i adfer o https://imotions.com/blog/vr-therapy-future-biometrics/

Freeman, D. & Freeman, J. (2017, Mawrth 22). Why virtual reality could be a mental health gamechanger. Wedi’i adfer o https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/mar/22/why-virtual-reality-could-be-a-mental-health-gamechanger

Freeman, D., Reeve. S., Robinson, A., Ehlers, A., Clark, D., Spanlang, B. & Slater, M. (2017). Virtual reality in the assessment, understanding, and treatment of mental health disorders. Psychological Medicine, 47 (2393-2400).

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