How virtual reality technologies are revolutionising STEM learning

studyinternational | March 07, 2019

Humanity’s medical and technological advancements, when placed within the wider context of human history, are astounding. In less than 200 years — or 0.001% of humanity’s time on earth — we’ve invented myriad methods for detecting, treating and even eradicating diseases that once wiped out our ancestors by the millions.Yet medical technologies like X-ray imaging, anaesthesia, vaccines, immunotherapy and countless others may soon be considered the advancements of old. Promising new technologies like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are projected to reshape every aspect of our lives, from shopping and exercising to learning and working.The phrase “virtual reality” often conjures images of gamers sitting in front of a screen. But this technology has hundreds of practical applications beyond entertainment, and it’s particularly useful for STEM students of all backgrounds and disciplines.Indeed, VR is already changing our world and increasing our aptitude for diagnosing and treating disease. Neuroscientists at Cambridge are currently testing VR’s efficiency at detecting navigational problems in patients prone to developing Alzheimer’s. Some mental health professionals have used VR to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and more. Doctors and surgeons around the world rely on VR to soothe and distract anxious patients, plan complex surgeries, and rehabilitate stroke victims and those with head injuries.

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Teachers at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida are enhancing their lessons with virtual reality experiences.  Xennial Digital's XDVR Learning Portal power the virtual reality lab with learning experiences including echolocation, electricity, light refraction and reflection and much more.

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Teachers at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida are enhancing their lessons with virtual reality experiences.  Xennial Digital's XDVR Learning Portal power the virtual reality lab with learning experiences including echolocation, electricity, light refraction and reflection and much more.

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GoReact expands into K-12 education market with video feedback platform for districts and teachers

GoReact | November 17, 2022

GoReact today announced its expansion into the K-12 education market and the availability of its video feedback platform for school districts across the U.S. The formal expansion comes after a limited pilot with select school districts, which used GoReact’s platform to support teacher growth and development. “Our platform has become a standard part of the higher education tech stack over the last decade, especially in new teacher development, and we’re thrilled to extend the benefits of our platform to K-12 districts nationwide,We all need to do more to support the incredible teachers shouldering ever-heavier burdens. GoReact empowers districts to better support teacher induction, growth and development.” Ken Meyers, GoReact’s founder and CEO. GoReact’s proprietary video feedback platform will help K-12 school districts offer teachers more support through: Supporting induction programs by enabling new teachers to increase practice, model instruction, and receive targeted and visual feedback. Fostering professional learning and development by tailoring feedback and empowering teachers to set measurable goals. Onboarding unlicensed tutors and teachers of record by expediting time to proficiency with video observation. Encouraging self-reflection by empowering teachers to watch videos of themselves teaching. Engaging in teams through PLC collaboration on practices prioritized by the school or district. Improving instructional leadership to maximize the educational impact of every minute spent in the classroom. I love GoReact for teacher observations,” said Ann Stark, Mentor Teacher at Foothill Consortium California Teacher Induction Program.Having our beginning teachers actually see themselves teaching and then getting to provide comments on their areas of strength or growth is very powerful. With entry into the K-12 sector, GoReact is planning a comprehensive product roadmap geared toward the unique and evolving needs of K-12 education. GoReact already provides data security safeguards, including compliance with FERPA and COPPA, for its best-in-class video feedback platform. GoReact also integrates with all LTI-compliant learning management systems. About GoReact GoReact is reshaping education by humanizing and accelerating skills-based learning. More than 800 colleges, universities, and K-12 districts worldwide use GoReact to facilitate scalable video observation, coaching and assessment for rapid skill development. With simple, interactive tools for collaborative learning and personalized feedback, GoReact helps all learners demonstrate skill competency with greater human connection and engagement.

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GenXys Partners with Manchester University for Pharmacogenomics Education

Manchester University | November 03, 2022

GenXys, the global leader in precision prescribing software with embedded pharmacogenetic (PGx) data, is teaming up with Manchester University (MU) for pharmacogenomics education. Together, GenXys and MU will help drive global awareness and education of PGx-informed prescribing decisions in support of expanding PGx adoption and pending legislation in the U.S., including the Right Drug Dose Now Act. MU, located in northern Indiana, is a leading national academic institution with a strong educational and research stream in pharmacogenetics. With on-campus, online, and dual (PharmD/MS in PGx) degree programs, as well as a Graduate Certificate in PGx, MU typically has an annual PGx enrollment of 60 to 70 students. The partnership will enable GenXys' expertise and proprietary algorithms in genomics and clinical knowledge to support the expansion of genetically informed medication review capabilities in MU's educational and research space. MU will now be able to integrate GenXys' award-winning Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS), incorporating PGx with other patient data points through embedded translation and interpretation in specific degree programs. This will lead to students further learning appropriate evidence-based precision prescribing options for patients, ultimately leading to better health outcomes and empowering the next generation of clinicians to seamlessly utilize PGx in patient care. As a national leader in pharmacogenetic and clinical education, Manchester University looks to partner with leading-edge technology companies that further the advancement of PGx for better health outcomes, says David Kisor, PharmD, FCP, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics, Director of Pharmacogenomics at MU. "It is recognized that more than 95 percent of the population has at least one PGx variant, and large percentages of patients receiving medications across therapeutic areas do not respond adequately with an initial medication leading to trial-and-error prescribing. Additionally, the consequences and treatments of adverse drug events may cost more than $30 billion annually in the U.S.," Dr. Kisor adds. "By formally measuring the effect of automatic PGx inclusion in CDSS tools in education as well as incorporating GenXys' precision prescribing platform into our advanced courses, we aim to produce the most knowledgeable and equipped individuals who will apply PGx optimally across healthcare settings. Integration of the precision prescribing platform offered by GenXys into the educational content of MU will accelerate the knowledge uptake of PGx in prescribing decisions for the next generation of clinicians and other healthcare professionals. "By working with a stellar academic university like MU, we are able to demonstrate the advantage of including PGx in clinical care for clinicians across different career levels ,There are so many advantages to equipping students and trainees with leading-edge tools and knowledge—the future is looking bright for precision medicine!" Bernard Esquivel, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of GenXys. Auto-analysis of genetic information with other medication interaction points is helping to transform the centuries-old trial-and-error approach to prescribing to one of accuracy. PGx is all about personalized, safe, and appropriate medication options being available at any point of care. When integrated into smart algorithms with other data points, PGx is a critical part of proactive healthcare delivering precision medicine to everyone and leveling up healthcare inequality. MU is at the educational edge of changing day-to-day healthcare, and the partnership with GenXys is a model of commercial and academic integration that supports pending national legislation to provide better population healthcare, improve patient safety, and reduce healthcare costs. About GenXys Health Care Systems GenXys, with a presence across North America, provides the world's most comprehensive precision prescribing solutions with embedded pharmacogenetics to solve one of healthcare's biggest challenges: inappropriate ("trial-and-error") prescribing. GenXys' clinical decision support software suite is in use by major insurance providers, health systems, pharmacies and their pharmacogenetic labs across North America. Ongoing global clinical studies are paving the way into geographical markets to enable GenXys to realize its vision of making every prescription better with its software to increase patient safety, improve population health, and reduce healthcare costs. https://www.genxys.com/ About Manchester University Manchester University, in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., provides vibrant and transformative student experiences. Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

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One League Connects the World's Gifted Changemakers to World-Class Education and Opportunity

One League | September 05, 2022

One League, a new global education institution connecting the world's promising changemakers to best-in-class education and opportunity, today announced its launch.One League offers an Ivy League quality graduate-level education, via globally accessible live, synchronous online classes, with curriculum curated and licensed from Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, in collaboration with Harvard Business Publishing, MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), and Stanford Online. The organization offers a two-year Master of Business Administration (MBA), along with a MicroMasters® in Statistics and Data Science from MITx, and a Certificate of Achievement in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from Stanford Online. One League fellows are championed by the organization's extensive coalition of industry executives and leaders and receive guidance, support, and access to opportunities to seek venture funding to propel world-changing ideas. One League's inaugural class of 60 fellows has received a 100% tuition-free scholarship covering all expenses of the program, as well as a monthly technology access stipend. The fellows represent over 30 countries including Afghanistan, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Uganda, and the United States. The cohort includes a Forbes 30 Under 30 Awardee, a Presidential Award Winner, a Human Rights Fellow, a Global Prize Winner to Combat Energy Poverty, and a Top 100 Women in Technology Awardee. Fellows are working on audacious projects such as realizing energy equity across Africa, creating agents of change in Southeast Asia, and building technology incubators in the Middle East. The class includes survivors of war, first generation college graduates, refugees, ethnic and cultural minorities, and sole breadwinners for their families living under the poverty line. One League is founded by Umaimah Mendhro, an accomplished Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Harvard Business School alum. Mendhro grew up in rural Pakistan and lived in exile in Saudi Arabia, with limited access to formal education for much of her life. Mendhro went on to attend two Ivy League institutions, Cornell University and Harvard Business School, where she was amongst the top 5% in her graduating class. She applied her education to build a multi-million-dollar e-commerce brand, VIDA. One League fulfills Mendhro's lifelong mission to empower changemakers and unlock human potential around the world. "Our mission is to democratize access to privilege and opportunity. One League's Inaugural Class has the ambition, grit, and potential to become future leaders in their countries, build economic engines in their regions, and ultimately help raise nations out of poverty, if only given a seat at the table.Our inaugural class represents the millions of gifted individuals who acutely experience the vast global challenges our world faces today. They each have the empathy and capability to build the critical solutions our world demands, given the opportunity." Umaimah Mendhro, Founder and President of One League All One League classes are conducted in real time via online sessions. Fellows join from their respective countries to learn from award-winning faculty. The MBA program is led by a set of distinguished One League faculty, who have taught at top-tier institutions, authored award-winning books and published articles, and are dedicated to the rigor of One League's world-class learning opportunities. Distinguished One League faculty that will teach the Harvard Business School curriculum using the HBS case study method, includes Dr. Rob Austin, Dr. June Cotte, Dr. Noel Maurer, Dr. Partha Mohanram, Dr. Gautam Mukunda, and Dr. J. Peter Scoblic. "Harvard Business Publishing is pleased to support One League in their mission of democratizing access to world-class management education. The delivery of the core curriculum through the case method pioneered at Harvard Business School is evident of One League's commitment to rigor and high-quality learning experiences that should be accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their means," said Ellen Desmarais, Senior Vice President of Higher Education at Harvard Business Publishing. "We're thrilled One League joined the MIT IDSS Alliance to expand our joint mission to provide top-notch online learning with hands-on group interaction. We strongly share One League's commitment to providing high-quality education regardless of financial circumstances," said Professor Devavrat Shah, Faculty Director, MITx MicroMasters® program in Statistics and Data Science. "Our collaboration with One League and other institutions opens the door for more students, regardless of means, to develop an innovation and entrepreneurial mindset, learning from leading faculty at Stanford and from industry experts to solve real-world challenges and create lasting positive impact," said Carissa Little, Associate Dean, Global and Online Education, at the Stanford School of Engineering, and Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Professional Development, which manages Stanford Online. One League is providing access to the knowledge, networking and opportunity that are hallmarks of top-tier educational institutions. One League has created a Global Mentorship Board that connects each fellow with an accomplished industry leader for the duration of their two-year program, as well as for two years after graduation. Mentorship Board members are alumni of Harvard, Stanford, and MIT and include over 50 industry leaders and executives from business, technology, finance, healthcare, education, social impact, strategy consulting, and venture backgrounds. They include Bobby Barnes, John Coleman, Dalia Rahman, Ajay Sudan, Aduke Thelwell, and Board Chair Esther (Hsu) Wang. One League is a Public Benefit Corporation, is funded by a $1 million restricted grant Mendhro directed from her e-commerce company VIDA, which was initially backed by Google Ventures, Y Combinator, and other investors About One League: One League is a new global education institution that is connecting the world's gifted, underserved changemakers to world-class education and opportunity, irrespective of financial means. The organization collaborates with highly select top-ranking universities to offer life-changing education, via live synchronous sessions, led by world-renowned faculty members. Each One League fellow is championed by the organization's extensive coalition of industry executives and leaders, and receives access to competitive opportunities for recruitment and to seek venture funding to propel world-changing ideas.

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