Mixed and virtual reality simulations for learning for health professions

Practical skills training plays an important role in academic training in medicine and other health professions. To prepare for and relieve the burden of practical training, simulation-based learning in so-called skills labs has become established in recent years as a form of learning that teaches psychomotor skills and implicit contextual knowledge through repeated practical practice. However, running skills labs is very costly and therefore not widely used. Virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR) supported skills training could offer significant added value in this context. For example, VR training can be conducted independent of location and time and is associated with comparatively low costs. In addition, VR training offers high potential for improving the learning experience through high immersivity, direct feedback, and automatic documentation and performance measurement.

Therefore, the goal of the project is to initially develop VR applications and later also hybrid AR applications for skills training for selected learning fields. For evaluation, the acceptance of VR-supported learning, the subjective learning experience as well as (subjective) competence growth or change through the application with students and professionals in professional practice will be investigated in a mixed-methods approach.

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  • Project duration -
  • Research theme Society, Health, Sustainability
  • Research Institute Care & Technology Lab

Project partners

  •  Furtwangen University (coordination)
  •  University of Freiburg


The project is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg (MWK) within the framework of the Forum Gesundheitsstandort Baden-Württemberg.

xR-Skills Lab (I26874-1)
xR-Skills Lab (I26874-2)

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