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Fresenius University trains in VR

Together with TriCAT GmbH, the Department of Health & Social Sciences is launching a project to enrich teaching and further develop self-study. In cooperation with the university didactics, scenarios are being tested and researched – which are intended to make teaching and learning at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences fit for the future through the use of VR in teaching and self-study. Starting point is the highly immersive multi-user VR software i:medtasim®, which enables learning via VR.

In the research project, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Thomas Wolf, selected course directors and Olaf Pütz from the Department of Studies & Teaching as well as Birgit Döringer, Instructional Designer of the department, are working on the integration and further development of new media in university teaching. The basis of the research project is the cooperation with the Department of Medicine / Healthcare of TriCAT GmbH from Ulm, with whose support practical case-based examples are being created. In addition, the topic “AI-supported self-study” is being initiated.

Prof. Dr. rer. Physiol. Thomas Wolf, Vice Dean for the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, states: “The project opens up a completely new type of self-organised learning in the training and study of therapy professions! VR training in immersive, therapy-typical settings will not only increase the learning effectiveness and efficiency of self-study, but will also have a lasting influence on practical practice in presence.”

“With this project around the new professional field of physiotherapy, we are significantly expanding the scope of use of our i:medtasim® software, which originally came from emergency medicine and is currently being used successfully at (university) hospitals, universities and vocational schools,” says Markus Neuberger, Head of the Medical Business Unit at TriCAT GmbH.

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