TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese electronics company HTC and Taipei Medical University (TMU) have established the world’s first virtual reality (VR) anatomy course, which promises to improve teaching and learning of human biology.
VR technology offers a more active and immersive form of learning through participation, and has the potential to be more effective across a wider range of learning styles.
Traditional means of teaching anatomy center around textbooks and other two-dimensional representations of the body, and this method of learning can be problematic for some students trying to developing robust understanding of the true size of and the causal relationship between organs.
Using the HTC Vive Pro VR headset, students can learn about human anatomy independently, or as part of a class instructed by a professor, with as many as 300 people able to simultaneously watch a demonstration.
Edward Y. Chang (張智威), President of Research and Healthcare at HTC said in a press release that the new technology will completely change education, and will help teachers, students, clinicians, and patients.
Chang Hung-ming (張宏名), head of TMU’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology said the new technology goes past traditional approaches to learning, and will greatly improve students’ interest and ability to learn.
The anatomy course will allow students to look at the body from all angles and disassemble more than 4,000 body structures, as well as observe functions like beating of the heart and movement of heart valves.
TMU are expected to develop more VR-based lesson plans in the future, and the anatomy course is being redeveloped for high school and advanced applications.
Screenshot of HTC and TMU's VR anatomy course (HTC image)