Learning Human Anatomy Via Virtual Reality
Students weren’t limited to learning the intricacies of human anatomy via illustrations in a textbook in Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Jessica Fellmeth’s Survey of Human Anatomy class. Virtual reality added a new dimension to their understanding of how the body’s various systems look and interact.
Throughout the semester students worked in groups and scheduled times to use two virtual reality (VR) applications, Organon and YOU by Sharecare, to record themselves explaining sections of human anatomy. These virtual presentations enhanced the students’ critical thinking and oral communication skills. Students reported that this immersive learning experience helped them process and retain the information that they were studying.
Scott Paul, Help Desk and ITS student manager, provided a demonstration of the VR equipment. Afterward, the students worked with digital media interns and tutors to use screen capture software to record their perceptive in the VR environments and produce presentations.