DDA in the Driver’s Seat
Many people are visual learners. If I watch someone do something, I can learn it faster than just by reading or listening about how it’s done. Better yet, if I can practice using a hands-on technique I might become a pro in no time! Who has ever learned to drive a car just by reading about it? Why not sit in the seat, feel the pedals under your feet, grab on to the steering wheel (at 10 and 2), and start to drive.
If you want to take it one step further, turn that hands-on technique into a virtual learning environment, and you get all the learning without the worry. I like to think I learned how to drive from the driving games at the arcade. The good ones had the one-seater with the screen in front, two pedals, steering wheel and gear shifter. I always chose to play in automatic, but I still had the push the foot pedal down to accelerate, turn the wheel around the curves, and sometimes the seat would shift and vibrate if I hit anything along the way. Of course, things are a little different once I get out on the real road, but the virtual experience from the games makes it real enough to learn the basics – steer, brake, accelerate.
DDA understands how important virtual learning environments can be, and so we specialize in creating them for our clients. Recently, Philips Healthcare came to DDA Medical looking for a way to increase retention, interest and effectiveness of their training session for various medical procedures. So, DDA Medical designed and developed a virtual medical simulation for physicians to use in the comfort of their own home or office. This simulation is comprised of a combination of video, animation, audio narration, still photography and 3D models, which leads the user step-by-step through the procedures before they’re given the opportunity to try it themselves.
With this virtual medical simulation, DDA Medical puts physicians in the driver seat all while decreasing training costs for Philips and raising the level of understanding for the trainees. The results are positive for all involved, especially the patients who receive the highest in quality of care.