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Virtual Reality: Elevating Teaching and Learning

Monday, May 6
5:20 PM - 5:25 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Virtual reality is already changing health care for patients and providers alike, whether it is viewing a surgical operation in VR (Medical Realities http://www.medicalrealities.com/), distracting patients from pain, helping future physicians gain empathy by stepping into the shoes of an elderly patient or a patient with Alzheimer’s ( https://embodiedlabs.com/) , or using a virtual anatomy atlas. Starting in 2017, the Medical Library has been offering VR experiences to faculty, staff, and students at the School of Medicine.


Description : Since 2017, a portable VR set-up has been purchased, enabling us to “take the show on the road” to regional campuses. Another potential use is to bring VR into a classroom setting. In the fall of 2018, four virtual reality stations were installed in the Library’s collaborative learning space. The stations were subsidized by the library and in part by the University’s Advanced Visualization Lab. The idea behind the stations is to lower the entry barrier to VR by making it available with a menu of pre-loaded applications. Students, staff and faculty can login using their University computing credentials. Those more comfortable with the technology have instructions and list of applications to choose from, those wishing for a more guided experience may make an appointment. The Medical School’s Simulation Center has purchased VR equipment and there are opportunities for collaboration.


Conclusion : We are collecting data on the number of unique users across all four VR stations, and evaluating application usage. We are also working on gaining feedback from current and potential users of the service, and other ways to lower barriers to access and develop collaborative partnerships.


 

Kellie N. Kaneshiro, AHIP

Assistant Director for Library Technology
Indiana University
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Jason A. Lilly

Library Systems Manager
Indiana University School of Medicine Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Chelsea Misquith

Emerging Technologies Librarian
Indiana University
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Brandon Dennett

Manager of Medical Library Technology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

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