Real or not real: The impact of physical fidelity on learning anatomy in an interactive labelling task

Nicolette S. Birbara, Nalini Pather

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Abstract

Introduction/background:
Technological advancements have made it possible to create realistic virtual representations of the
real world. It is, however, unclear in medical education whether high physical fidelity is required in
virtual learning resources (VLRs).
Aim/objectives:
This study aimed to compare high fidelity (HF) and low fidelity (LF) VLRs for learning anatomy.
Methods:
HF and LF interactive labelling VLRs were developed for liver anatomy. Participants from cohorts
with and without prior anatomy knowledge were recruited to compare the VLRs. Labelling task score
and completion time were recorded, knowledge acquisition was measured through pre and post-tests
and participants’ perceptions were surveyed.
Results:
A total of 333 participants took part in this study. There was no significant difference in knowledge
acquisition between the VLRs overall (p = 0.767). Task score was significantly higher overall (p =
0.017) and completion time was shorter within both cohorts for the LF VLR, the latter being significant
for the cohort without prior anatomy knowledge (p = 0.001). The percentage of new knowledge
retained was higher overall for the HF VLR (p = 0.214). The LF VLR scored more highly in the
perceptions survey regarding understanding, revision, aesthetics and quality, with the first being
significant for the cohort without prior anatomy knowledge (p = 0.027).
Discussion:
Level of prior knowledge may be an important factor when considering the physical fidelity of anatomy
VLRs.
Conclusions:
This study suggests that high physical fidelity is not necessarily required for anatomy VLRs, although
may potentially be valuable for retaining new knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages295
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators 2019 Conference - ANZAHPE 2019 - National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 01 Jul 201904 Jul 2019
https://anzahpe.org/resources/Documents/Conference/Past%20Conference%20documentation/2019%20Proceedings.pdf (Conference proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators 2019 Conference - ANZAHPE 2019
Abbreviated titleBlue sky thinking - Capitalise your ideas
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityCanberra
Period01/07/1904/07/19
Internet address

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