Teaching and learning with Virtual Reality, from concept to reality
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Presenter: Paul Wesselink, em. Professor of Cariology and Endodontology at the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA).
Reflection on current dental training brought up the desire to design a learning environment reflecting modern times, using the opportunities of technology to improve the learning experience and address the threats of the present programs.
Current dental curricula are relying heavily on extracted teeth and patients with specific needs. These resources become more and more exhausted and are increasingly subject to law and regulations.
It was hypothesized that application of virtual reality (VR) by copying real teeth and patients in a virtual world, would help to fulfill the desires and overcome the limitations of dental training. As a result the Moog Simodont Dental Trainer was developed.
Development and implementation of the Dental Trainer resulted in valuable experiences stepwise creating evidence on the added value of its application. Education and evidence will be discussed.
It appeared that several curricular desires and needs can be fulfilled by implementing a dental trainer that provides the user with a virtual environment in which realistic patient cases are available and realistic interaction between simulated teeth and tools is possible. The Simodont Dental Trainer contributes to the learning experience increasing patient safety and student confidence. Nevertheless still desires remain to further improve the opportunities of VR to serve as a supplement and/or substitute for many procedures in dental training.