The use of an immersive virtual reality human heart application to improve student learning outcomes

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Honours students
Number of Honour Places Available
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Charles Sevigny Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Angelina Fong Personal web page
Dr Joseph Rathner

Summary Our research interest is in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) encompassing techniques, strategies and technologies to enhance the learning experiences of undergraduate and graduate students in Physiology. The education research group within Physiology has major focus on student engagement, student experience, and utilising and engagement with technology in learning and teaching. There is focus on utilising current and existing technology, as well as developing new and custom resources, technology, and experiences.

Project Details

The implementation of virtual reality solutions in biomedical science fields, as well as other STEM fields opens a great number of opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Recent examinations of virtual reality within the classroom at all levels of education has shown a considerable improvement in student learning outcomes when compared to current teaching methods. This study aims to assess the efficacy of a highly contextual environment for learning in biomedical science. The study will examine whether an immersive environment (virtual reality) will enable better learning outcomes of abstract principles, i.e. the visualisation of the heart and the haemodynamic principles, that are often difficult to replicate in real-life environment. The outcomes from this study will provide evidence of whether immersive learning tools are beneficial for learning abstract concepts in STEM.

Research Opportunities

PhD students, Honours students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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