How 3D Interactivity Can Improve Learning Outcomes


Medical students and healthcare professionals are under tremendous pressure to perform at a certain level in the workplace, and for good reason.


We expect medical and nursing students to study and carefully prepare so that they can flawlessly perform their future responsibilities as clinicians: know answers to our questions, accurately diagnose us, and correctly treat those conditions.


To do so, these students have to learn and digest large amounts of information at a time in medical school and nursing school. That information is often complicated. Then, we expect them to be able to apply all of that knowledge in a confident way.


Other healthcare professionals face similar pressure. Take medical device sales representatives as an example; they’re expected to both be expert salespeople and have expert human anatomy knowledge. In fact, when a salesperson joins a surgeon in the operating room to advise while the surgeon uses the reps’ devices, they must have an accurate and confident understanding of anatomy.


Learners need to meet specific learning outcomes to show that they understand and can practice medicine. Virtual human anatomy and disease models offer interactive learning experiences to help with this. Learners who train with interactive, immersive content will be prepared for both their learning assessments and the workplace.


One way to improve how they engage with and learn from virtual anatomy content is by promoting interactivity using the BioDigital Human interactive labels.

What are interactive anatomy labels?

Modern learners expect the content they’re learning to be visual and engaging. They also expect it to be customizable to fit their learning style, speed, and needs.


Content creators can customize virtual anatomy models to a specific learning experience in many ways to improve learning outcomes. One way to do this is to add interactive anatomy labels to virtual models to highlight structures, systems, and conditions.

How do interactive anatomy labels help you achieve better learning objectives?

To improve learning outcomes, learners need to create multiple paths to the information they store in their brain. When they can interact with content in real time as well as contribute to the learning experience and create experiences of their own, they are actively learning and processing information.

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Interactive anatomy labels are just one piece of this meaningful learning process. These labels help translate information about anatomical structures into actionable learning.

Content creators can build tailored learning experiences

Content creators want to help educators and learners improve their learning outcomes. Interactive anatomy labels make it easy to do this. Content creators can easily add and customize labels in Human Studio to anatomy content to highlight and pull out key structures. These labels then helps them guide their learners through the 3D model.


Content creators can take it one step further and add detailed descriptions to labels to provide learners with further information.


For example, if a learner is having a difficult time understanding one view that already has labels, the content creator can add explanations to those labels and change the viewing angles to be more helpful.

Learners can create, contribute, and engage with custom learning experiences


Medical school and nursing programs still primarily teach anatomy passively (i.e. textbooks, PDFs, etc.). Med students and nursing students are expected to fully understand how the 2D images apply to real life, life that happens in 3D. This isn’t completely possible, and learners often struggle to understand spatial relationships and how anatomical structures relate to the rest of the body. However, interactive anatomy labels can help students learn this material in a meaningful, engaging way.


For instance, if a student is struggling with a certain concept of a disease progression, he can zoom in on that specific labeled area and break that model down into dissected models. This will help him get a more detailed look at the structures.


Then, he click on a structure to view labels to give him a better grasp on the material and how all the structures fit together.

Medical device sales reps

Pharmaceutical and medical device sales reps also need to understand health information in 3D. Their goal is to have informed conversations with the surgeons who need their products.


In order to do so, the reps must understand all the structures related to their products. Once the sales reps can see the real life effects of a drug on a condition, they can better explain how their product can help or be used.


Better yet, these medical sales reps could use the interactive labels to communicate how their products work to healthcare professionals.

How to start using interactive labels

Help medical students and healthcare professionals improve their performance in the workplace. You can start using interactive anatomy labels for free in Human Studio. Create your account here.

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