HoloLens and mobile augmented reality in medical and health science education: a randomised controlled trial

Moro, Christian and Phelps, Charlotte and Redmond, Petrea ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9674-1206 and Stromberga, Zane (2021) HoloLens and mobile augmented reality in medical and health science education: a randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Educational Technology, 52 (2). pp. 680-694. ISSN 0007-1013

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Due to increasing demands in the amount of content to be learned within a medical and health sciences curriculum, there are benefits towards exploring options for new and effective delivery modes. Augmented reality technology has the potential to enhance learning in physiology and anatomy, where students require a three-dimensional knowledge of human organ systems and structures. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of learning when an identical lesson was delivered through augmented reality using either the Microsoft HoloLens or a mobile hand-held tablet device. Thirty-eight pre-clinical undergraduate participants completed a lesson detailing the physiology and anatomy of the brain. Pre- and post-intervention tests were provided to evaluate acquired knowledge. After the activity, participants also completed a Likert-style questionnaire to evaluate adverse health effects experienced and assess their perceptions of the module. There were no significant differences between test scores from lesson delivery in either the HoloLens or mobile-based augmented reality. However, a significant increase was reported in dizziness when using the HoloLens (25% higher, n=19, p=0.04). No other adverse health effects, such as nausea, disorientation or fatigue were observed. Both modes were effective for learning, providing evidence to support educators and developers wishing to adopt an augmented reality method of delivery in health sciences and medicine.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2021 03:33
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2021 03:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual reality; augmented reality; HoloLens; medical education; science; health education; higher education; mobile learning; randomised controlled trial
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390409 Learning sciences
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.13049
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41419

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