The cARdiac ECG augmented reality application: Using it to engage and enhance student understanding

Poster 15

Colin Warren
School of Medicine, Deakin University

Peter Bright
School of Medicine, Deakin University

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There are many textbooks and online resources on Electrocardiography (ECG) and health professional students spend many hours in lectures and tutorials learning about ECG. However medical students do not feel confident, and are often not competent, in their interpretation of ECG – as demonstrated by educational literature, student results in skills-based assessment, and our own experience. Therefore, a new method of enhancing their learning and understanding was clearly warranted to improve student confidence and competence in this field. Electrocardiography was singled out to be the focus of this project, in part due to poor student competence in this area, but also as the ECG is one of the cheapest, fastest and most widely used investigations in emergency medicine. The ECG is one of the main investigations used to detect critical heart events including heart attacks and dangerous heart rhythm abnormalities, both of which require urgent treatment to prevent serious illness and save lives. Augmented reality was recognised as a technology that could present healthcare students with a way to integrate, and overlay, a 2D ECG trace with a 3D model of the heart to help their understanding of the relationship between the two. A mobile application was developed so that students would be able to learn about this complex process and assess their understandings through using the app. Emerging technologies can add to student learning when designed and implemented in response to curriculum needs, and provides potential for student learning to be more engaging and lead to improved clinical outcomes.

About the authors

Colin Warren

Colin is an educator who has worked across various disciplines at Deakin University for over 20 years in several roles including teaching, research, and administration. He has worked as a senior lecturer in the School of Medicine since 2012, and manages the eLearning team that supports the use of technology in the various degree programs of the School. He was involved in the development of the initial ‘ECG of the Week’ resource for the medical program, and the way it was delivered in the University learning management system. As member of the cARdiac ECG team he was involved in the initial development of the project scope, and the pedagogical design of the learn and assess modules of the app. Colin has actively contributed in all aspects of the app design, development, testing, implementation and evaluation.

Peter Bright

Peter is an IT professional and eLearning developer with a passion for the effective use of technology in education. Since joining the School of Medicine in 2010, he has devised and implemented numerous eLearning projects leveraging existing and emerging technologies and has presented at ASCILITE and THETA conferences. In 2015 he received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Highly Commended) for “Developing innovative and contemporary eLearning and mobile solutions to support and enhance premium cloud and located learning.” Peter helped develop and refine the ‘ECG of the Week’ online resource, building the quizzes, applying conditional releases and providing reports. Recognising the importance of virtual, augmented and mixed reality to the future of teaching and learning, he also contributed to the development and quality assurance of the cARdiac ECG app through recommending features, prototyping animations, building user interface mock ups, testing and bug finding.