The Effects of Virtual Human Body Simulation on Anatomy & Physiology Course Performance

ID: 34446 Type: Best Practices Session
  1. Salam Abdo, Flagler Life Institute, United States
  2. Tatyana Pashnyak, Florida State University, United States

Tuesday, October 18 11:15-11:35 AM Location: Kahuku

Presider: Pasquina Campanella, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy

Abstract: One of the main components of an effective online teaching is actively engaging students, such as using classroom games and simulations (Stieff, 2003; Moher, 2006; Adams et al., 2008; Norton-Barker et al., 2009; Wedig, 2010; Scheintaub et al., 2011). The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of virtual human body simulation use on the course performance in Anatomy & Physiology course. One hundred students were randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group utilized the simulation while the other group completed textbook exercises. Students using the simulation performed significantly better than students who were completing textbook exercises (p<0.01). The features of virtual human simulation, implications of the findings, and future research plans are discussed in this paper.

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