Teaching Human Anatomy with Virtual Reality

We are proud to announce the completion of support for Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Jessica Fellmeth’s Survey of Human Anatomy course. Throughout the semester students worked in groups and scheduled times to use the two Virtual Reality (VR) applications  Organon and YOU by Sharecare to record themselves explaining sections of human anatomy. These virtual presentations furthered the student’s critical thinking and oral communication skills. Throughout the course, 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, used the HP OMEN laptop and the HTC VIVE to provide an in-class demonstration of the VR equipment. Afterwards the students worked with our Digital Media Interns and Tutors to use screen capture software to record their perceptive in the VR environments and produce presentations. Professor Fellmeth has expressed interest in exploring opportunities to utilize VR applications in future lessons and courses.

To the right are some brief examples and screen captures of student perspectives in two of the VR applications.