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La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR

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La Trobe University students will use augmented reality to superimpose anatomical structures over a person to study muscle function.

La Trobe University in Australia announced that it will swap out textbooks for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) for teaching anatomy as part of a 12-week pilot.

Second-year learners studying health, sciences, and biomedicine will use AR to access three-dimensional anatomy images via smartphone, tablet, or computer, and superimpose anatomical structures over a colleague, who can execute movements in parallel with an app, to understand muscular function.

La Trobe also said students can use HTC VR headsets to visualize and manipulate anatomical structures.

The pilot's objective is to help students enhance spatial awareness, explorative learning, and accessibility to anatomy images, in addition to corresponding text, clinical cases, and quizzes. "It allows us to re-write group activity for anatomy," says La Trobe's Aaron McDonald. "We've designed the activities so students can work in groups with AR over iPads."

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