Griffith Medical Lab Science students enter virtual world of learning

Students studying for Griffith University’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science are set to enter a whole new world of virtual learning.

Allowing a student to experience the actual work situation within a laboratory, the Samsung GearVR virtual reality devices, overcome the problem of health students having limited access to real health environments in which they can practice their skills.

“This cutting edge equipment is the future of technology-driven education and will provide our students with a truly immersive learning environment,” says Dr Indu Singh, Program Director at Griffith’s School of Medical Science and the Menzies Health Institute Queensland.

The new teaching tool — set to become available to all students from this coming semester – will complement the classroom education, and offer students a totally interactive experience enabling them to work in different environments including hospital and community pharmacy, from anywhere in the world without ever having to leave the classroom.

“In the early days health students may have had very limited access to heath institutions. With virtual reality learning such as this, the students get to experience their eventual work environments as though they are actually there with an expert trainer, at any time,” says Dr Singh.

In 2015, students in Griffith’s School of Pharmacy were also able to access virtual technology training with the implementation of its virtual pharmacy.

Prospective students are invited to come and see the new technology at this year’s Griffith University, Gold Coast Open Day on Sunday 24 July. Here they can take a Virtual Reality experience of two work scenarios at the Gold Coast University Hospital pathology labs.

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