Informatics Research Seminar: Role of Social Networks in Teaching and Research

April 6 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Constance M. Johnson, PhD, MS, RN
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar


3D environments are the future learning spaces for healthcare consumers. These multimodal spaces promote interactivity, immersive experiences, and social interaction. Virtual environments offer a unique medium for healthcare education of both providers and patients. These environments are just beginning to be used with patients and in simulation and modeling for healthcare providers. Benefits of using these environments include interactive learning, collaborative decision making and realistic scenarios. Immersive environments are advantageous since complex interactive scenarios can be created to teach and test knowledge. Key attributes of virtual environments will be reviewed along with education applications and examples of research in this area.


Dr. Constance Johnson is an assistant professor and lead faculty in the Nursing Informatics Specialty at the Duke University School of Nursing. She has adjunct appointments at the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Johnson is a health informaticist with interdisciplinary training in nursing and biomedical informatics. She has over 20 years of experience in research and informatics in the area of health promotion and disease prevention. As a Primary Investigator, she has received funding from the National Cancer Institute, National Library of Medicine, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.