Utilizing the metaverse in anatomy and physiology

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Abstract

Of the many disruptive technologies being introduced within modern curricula, the metaverse, is of particular interest for its ability to transform the environment in which students learn. The modern metaverse refers to a computer-generated world which is networked, immersive, and allows users to interact with others by engaging a number of senses (including eyesight, hearing, kinesthesia, and proprioception). This multisensory involvement allows the learner to feel part of the virtual environment, in a way that somewhat resembles real-world experiences. Socially, it allows learners to interact with others in real-time regardless of where on earth they are located. This article outlines 20 use-cases where the metaverse could be employed within a health sciences, medicine, anatomy, and physiology disciplines, considering the benefits for learning and engagement, as well as the potential risks.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnatomical Sciences Education
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Dec 2022

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