Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Virtual reality in medicine; Virtual reality in education
This review examines the use of virtual worlds in medical and health education. The purpose of this review is to outline various, enabling and three-dimensional, virtual world technologies that prove to have a positive impact on the development and retention of medical knowledge and skills. Virtual worlds offer unique design features for disseminating health information, training health professionals, and enabling patient education. The primary sources used in this review include published literature and electronic media sources. Conclusions derived from this review support the use of virtual worlds as part of the educational technology landscape. Although the potential of virtual worlds has been noted for health education, there are limited formal applications and minimal evaluation of educational outcomes.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of Instructional Technology
Leigh E. Zeitz
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©2013 Amy J. Renze
Renze, Amy J., "Using virtual worlds in medical and health education" (2013). Graduate Research Papers. 3239.