If “a picture is worth a thousand words” from a teaching and learning perspective, what value should we place on 3D digital images and footage?

Using visuals to facilitate the delivery of a message has come a long way since Frederick R. Barnard, 1921 first quoted the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” in an article where he was referring to the effectiveness of using graphics in advertising.

We are all lifelong learners and teachers. As a lifelong learner and teacher…

Do you remember more of what you see than what you hear?

Do you have difficulty focussing on the topic when a presenter does not have supporting visuals?

Many people answer “yes” to these questions, sometimes because they are visual learners, yet primarily because visuals simply facilitate the delivery of a written or spoken message. From still 3D images to infographics, 3D visualisations and animations, we are living in exciting times where there is a abundance of information available to everyone via the internet. But how do we decide which information is accurate and relevant? How do we ensure learners and students get the most benefit from the time they invest in learning, whether it be attending face to face or viewing online presentations?  All learners from lay persons to academics benefit from utilising 3D animations and images to enhance the delivery and comprehension of health education topics. We understand the power of engaging, accurate, endorsed visualisations and imagery – it’s our passion and our work! After much time conceptualising, brainstorming, creating, rendering, validating content accuracy and key wording, the 3Dme Online Store is now open http://store.3dme.com.au This is where we can share our passion with everyone, anywhere, anytime and it’s affordable. From students to teachers and parents, there is something for anyone interested in understanding more about the human body.

3Dme Store

3Dme Store

We’d love to hear how you have incorporated 3Dme stock images, stock footage, learning clips or learning modules into your presentations or publications so please give us your feedback on Facebook www.facebook.com/3dmecreativestudio  Twitter www.twitter.com/3dmealookinside or below. Thank you!

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Immersive Interactions for Health Education and Skills Development

Tell me and I will forget
Show me and I may remember
Involve me and I will understand
(Chinese Proverb)

I wonder if the person who wrote the Chinese proverb all those years ago had any idea of the significance of “Involve me and I will understand” in todays’ world of technology and the internet? 3Dme’s production of the IVLE project; Individual Virtual Learning Environment, is using the reach and speed of the internet, 3D technology, pedagogy and gamification techniques to engage and involve students to learn. We now have over 100 test users online, spanning across metropolitan and regional Queensland, Australia. As part of the ongoing development process, academics are reviewing content for accuracy and relevance, developing assessment tools, identifying key analytics and integrating IVLE tools into their classroom pedagogy. The IVLE Pilot project focusses on Diabetes Health and Wellness so test users are students currently enrolled and studying nursing or the health sciences. They log on remotely to test 3D interactions, stream high definition 3D video and provide feedback on content and functionality. We will be demonstrating IVLE functionality at booth no. 163 at the upcoming EduTECH National Congress and Expo 3rd and 4th June www.edutech.net.au
What’s next?…
3Dme are preparing to conduct a classroom trial alongside academic partners at the University of Southern Queensland.

 

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Broadband Enabled Education and Skills Services Programme for the Provision of Diabetes Health and Wellness Program

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3Dme Creative Studio recently met with project partners TAFE Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, Gravel Road and Diabetes Queensland to present a milestone update on 3Dme’s development of the eLearning platform and content. This exciting project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, targets training and skills development in the health sector by providing cutting edge interactive full high definition 3D immersive eLearning opportunities delivered via high speed broadband technology. We have named this project the IVLE or Individual Virtual Learning Environment, and are developing 6 HD 3D immersive, interactive diabetes education modules for undergraduate health professionals, teachers and diabetes educators. The platform is currently in development, with Beta testing scheduled for September 2014. EduTECH 2014 Congresses and Expo delegates will have the opportunity to attend a special preview.

For this project, we have utilised interaction methods common to video games to create a series of immersive learner interactions around diabetes. The interactions vary in complexity depending on the subject material they aim to teach. The interactions also reflect an investigative learning style which gives the user an engaging but challenging learning experience and requires active thinking to navigate. Additional features include a workspace which enables the user to upload new content, add videos, add links, upload video to a dedicated Youtube Channel or launch video conferencing. After watching one of the diabetes modules, the user can launch the quiz which is a form of assessment. Once the user starts the quiz they are presented with a series of multiple choice questions based on module material. When complete and submitted the user’s results are viewable. All students’ results are stored and viewable from the dashboard which can be customised to be viewed only by specific users, for example teachers.

We are excited to be showcasing this project at the upcoming 2014 EduTECH www.edutech.net.au and will be located at Booth No. 163. 3rd and 4th June. Supported by 3Dme’s instructional design leader, partner representative from the University of Southern Queensland Dr Kate Kauter, Lecturer Biomedical Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, will present the IVLE project to approximately 80 people at 3 breakout sessions between 11am and 12.50pm on Wednesday 4th June. We look forward to sharing the functionalities and capabilities of this innovative new eLearning platform at EduTECH 2014!

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3Dme Drug and Alcohol Educational Triple Pack Available Soon

Alcohol and Drugs Triple Pack screen shot   Firstly, a big thank you to the many health professionals, alcohol and other drug educators, schools, teachers and parents who have contacted us regarding the pending release of our 1st Drug and Alcohol Education Pack. We are pleased to say that our team are now in the final stages of bug testing so we optimistically anticipate this first pack of three courses to be released March/April 2014.  These courses aim to provide important information about the physical and mental effects drugs and alcohol have on the human body. This pack includes three award winning 3Dme videos: Alcohol and Your Brain, Drugs and Depression, and ICE – Your Body Belongs to You; two of which were developed in conjunction with the Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation – ALDAF.  These presentations take “a look inside” the human body to clearly explain what happens when drugs or alcohol enter the body.  Each module includes a range of interactive learning activities to reinforce key concepts and record useful data analytics of learner progress so parents, teachers and educators can capture, track and evaluate the learning outcomes. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or here for more updates soon.

 

 

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