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As technological advancement in higher education mainstreams humanoid technologies (HTs) in clinical simulations in medicine and allied health programs, the sense of agency (SoA) involved in human-computer interaction and associated experiences with HT use must be investigated. This study aims to develop and pilot a self-report measure of SoA and explore its connection with the demographic, behavioral intention for technology use, and performance variables among learners (n=456) in a flexible face-to-face learning program during the pandemic. A mixed- method exploratory sequential design was employed, beginning with empirical measurements and analyses (descriptive, comparative, modeling) followed by a qualitative descriptive inquiry via focus group discussions to capture student experiences and practical reasoning associated with HTs and other flexible learning activities. Quantitative results revealed an acceptable tool, demographic and performance differences in SoA measures, and a parsimonious model of SoA and related variables. Qualitative inquiry produces a model eidetic of student experiences and practical reasoning. This project reinforces a shift from technology- centered and human-centered design to a life-centered approach to technology and simulation development.


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