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Enhancing teaching and learning in healthcare education through touch technologies: hapTEL injections in dental, medical and nursing education

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th Teaching Excellence Conference at King's College London
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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The aim of this paper is to present the methods
and results of two related projects: hapTELX –
funded by the King’s College Teaching Fund and
hapTEL-G, a collaborative project (with Generic
Robotics) funded by the UK’s Technology
Strategy Board. Haptics means the sense of touch
and involves the science of incorporating this and
the interaction with the external environment
through touch. The examination of learning with
haptic virtual systems using touch technologies
can be extremely complex because researchneeds to take account of such variables as stages
in the learning process, levels of immersion and
the transfer between the virtual and real worlds
as well as integration into the curriculum and the
emerging stages of the technology. These projects
built on the work of the previous hapTEL project
whose aim was to develop a virtual dental workstation to teach dental students how to prepare
cavities in virtual teeth. The enhanced hapTEL
virtual work-station now enables students to learn
how to give injections which is an important
skill in many health care higher education
programmes. The projects’ results will include the
staff and student evaluations with approximately
80 students who are using the system to enhance
their learning in dentistry/medicine/nursing
and dental care professions, and their tutors
and subject experts (about 40 across the four
disciplines). The paper session will present the
results of these evaluations of the two projects and
show how the system has been developed to teach
injections to dental, medical, nursing and dentalcare professional students. The lessons learnt from
these two projects will be presented and discussed
to inform methods and strategies for developing
and researching the use of haptics in health
care education.

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