Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning

Knowledge

Types of Learning - Knowledge

Knowledge in health care includes facts and concepts about the human body in health and disease. It is the foundation for all higher capabilities of healthcare personnel, as without the key facts and concepts nothing can be accomplished. The amount of scientific knowledge about the human body is growing at a rapid pace. New techniques in genetics and imaging have created vast pools of data. Turning data into information and knowledge that can be learned and used by trainees and experienced clinicians alike is a major challenge.

Traditional methods of teaching facts, concepts, and structure rely on “two dimensional” lectures and textbooks to convey material that is inherently three-dimensional and dynamic, creating for many people gaps in understanding. Techniques of “virtual reality” and “immersive visualization” allow learners of any age or any stage of training to better understand important concepts about physiology and pharmacology and to see the key relationships that make a whole person from the underlying parts – be they physical anatomy or genes and protein.

 

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