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User Acceptance of a Haptic Interface for Learning Anatomy


Yeom, S and Choi-Lundberg, D and Fluck, A and Sale, A, User Acceptance of a Haptic Interface for Learning Anatomy, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on eLearning 2013, IADIS Press (International Association for Development f the Information Society), Czech Republic, 1, 2013, pp. 239-246. (2013) [Award]

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Visualizing the structure and relationships in three dimensions (3D) of organs is a challenge for students of anatomy. To provide an alternative way of learning anatomy engaging multiple senses, we are developing a force-feedback (haptic) interface for manipulation of 3D virtual organs, using design research methodology, with iterations of system implementation, formative evaluation, and cyclic enhancements. In the present study, we aimed to determine the user acceptance of the haptic interface for exploring anatomical structures and relationships. Undergraduate computing (n=10) and medical (n=35) students from the University of Tasmania, Australia, who volunteered to try two iterations of the system (n=18 and 27 in two separate user tests) reported on anonymous questionnaire with quantitative and qualitative questions that the system was easy to use, useful for learning, and neither physically nor mentally stressful. We conclude that many medical students would accept a haptic interface for manipulating 3D virtual organs as an aid to learning anatomy. Further development of the system will involve development of learning and assessment modules, and we plan to evaluate the systemís usefulness in promoting learning of anatomy.

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Item Type:Award
Keywords:Anatomy, haptic interface, technology-enhanced learning, higher education, medical education
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information Systems
Research Field:Computer-Human Interaction
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and Instruction
Objective Field:Teaching and Instruction Technologies
UTAS Author:Yeom, S (Dr Soonja Yeom)
UTAS Author:Choi-Lundberg, D (Dr Derek Choi-Lundberg)
UTAS Author:Fluck, A (Dr Andrew Fluck)
UTAS Author:Sale, A (Professor Arthur Sale)
ID Code:86167
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2013-08-28
Last Modified:2013-08-29
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