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Hands across the water – and arms and legs and other body parts! Maximising the virtual learning environment through shared learning opportunities – Cardiff University’s transatlantic experience

Williamson, Keren and Pope, Emma Louise 2011. Hands across the water – and arms and legs and other body parts! Maximising the virtual learning environment through shared learning opportunities – Cardiff University’s transatlantic experience. Presented at: CoR Annual Radiotherapy Conference, Birmingham, UK, 28-30 January 2011.

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Abstract

Introduction With the introduction of VERT, advanced technologies have become available to support and enhance learning within the academic environment. In Cardiff, staff from the Radiotherapy teaching team have explored ways of utilising this hardware to augment anatomy learning. The Virtual Classroom Via an Access Grid, collaborative teaching sessions have been trialled which enable Cardiff to ‘sit in’ on live interactive anatomy lectures streamed from the University of Chicago. Screen 1: This displays the anatomical reference images from the core text book. Screen 2: The virtual space. This is viewed in 3D. This data set produces images of a patient which can be manipulated and rotated in space. Surface and muscles layers can be ‘stripped off’ to view underlying structures, blood vessels and nerves in detail. Screen 3: This shows the surgeon delivering the lecture from Chicago and class participants from Chicago and Cardiff. Having successfully completed several sessions, the next phase will be to invite undergraduate radiotherapy students to evaluate the tutorials in terms of assisting their anatomy learning. Its value as a post graduate teaching / clinical staff CPD activity is also being explored. Outcome The main benefits to date of taking part in this project have included the opportunity for academic staff to undertake CPD (the opportunity for facilitated learning with a practising surgeon has been invaluable) and the raised profile of radiotherapy. The main limitation is the international time difference so sessions run in the evening. However, where this may cause problems with motivating students to attend it may prove to be a benefit for clinical staff as attendance would not require time away from departments.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:59
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/30196

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