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Title: The characterisation of a virtual reality medical training system for anatomy education
Author: Falah, Jannat Faiez M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5359 2193
Awarding Body: Glasgow Caledonian University
Current Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University
Date of Award: 2014
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The field of medical education is an ever evolving area constantly enriched by newly discovered information and changing facts provided by active research in all areas of medicine. The recent years have witnessed the introduction of a number of promising technologies and applications to medical education to meet this demand. Virtual Reality (VR) applications are considered one of the evolving methods that have contributed to enhancing medical education. This Thesis utilises Virtual Reality to provide a solution to improve the delivery of the subject of anatomy to medical students, and facilitate the teaching process by providing a useful aid to lecturers, whilst proving the effectiveness of this new technology in this particular area. An intensive investigation into the current anatomy teaching system in the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Jordan was carried out and the challenges this system faces were characterised. The lecturers and students needs and requirements were identified, and measured against the perceived training system adapting the SERVQUAL instrument, and limitations associated with current teaching modalities were defined. In order to overcome these limitations and enhance the anatomy education process, a novel system was developed utilising VR technology. This system offers a real-time 3D representation of the heart in an interactive VR environment that provides self-directed learning and assessment tools through a variety of interfaces and functionalities. The effectiveness of VR technology and the usefulness of the developed system in improving the understanding of the anatomical structures were proven through a randomised controlled study. In order to assure future utilisation of the system by teaching staff and students in the Faculty of Medicine, further evaluation was conducted adapting the Technology Acceptance Model. This confirmed the end users' acceptance of the system as a teaching and learning aid, and their intention to incorporate it into the anatomy education process in the future.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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