Versatile, Immersive, Creative and Dynamic Virtual 3-D Healthcare Learning Environments: A Review of the Literature

The JMIR has just publised a review article by Margaret Hansen on the use of Virtual Worlds in healthcare education:

The author provides a critical overview of three-dimensional (3-D) virtual worlds and “serious gaming” that are currently being developed and used in healthcare professional education and medicine. The relevance of this e-learning innovation for teaching students and professionals is debatable and variables influencing adoption, such as increased knowledge, self-directed learning, and peer collaboration, by academics, healthcare professionals, and business executives are examined while looking at various Web 2.0/3.0 applications. There is a need for more empirical research in order to unearth the pedagogical outcomes and advantages associated with this e-learning technology. A brief description of Roger’s Diffusion of Innovations Theory and Siemens’ Connectivism Theory for today’s learners is presented as potential underlying pedagogical tenets to support the use of virtual 3-D learning environments in higher education and healthcare.

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iVAS: International Virtual Association of Surgeons

iVAS has announced it’s first virtual conference to be held on 22nd April 2008:

iVAS is a group of surgeons and scientists who want to change the way scientific communications are currently conducted, we will organise conferences entirely within the virtual world. This lowers the cost of attending, negates the need to travel and creates novel surgical research networks across the world.

The First iVAS conference will be held on the 22nd April 2008, the themes will be on: Surgical Technology, Education, Robotics and Simulations.

The aim is to use virtual worlds as a novel method for collaboration and dissemination of surgical research.

This is being run as part of Imperial College’s Second Health project (www.secondhealth.org.uk).

More info on the iVAS homepage