From storyboard to practice: My Virtual Operating Room

Zeynep Taçgın

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Innovative educational research integrates technological resources in a learning environment for finding the most appropriate method to increase the desired learning outcomes. This kind of research includes two fundamental stages. First, the learning material is designed and developed using suitable learning strategies and techniques. At the second stage, the developed product is applied to the target audience for the evaluation of the environment. The results of assessment direct the developer to redesign the material until the best version of the product is reached. Because of this interconnection the design reshapes and continues during development. This process explains why a well-designed learning environment is highly cumbersome and requires time, a qualified team and money. This article tells the development story of myVOR (my Virtual Operating Room) – from getting the idea off the ground to a finished product. myVOR is an immersive virtual reality (VR) learning environment, and the project has taken six years to make. Three different versions of myVOR have been developed over this time. The initial and latest versions were experientially tested on users. This study not only explains the distinguishing features of myVOR for each version but also summarises the findings of empirical studies to conduct the progress of learning with immersive VR.


Virtual Reality; Learning Environment; Immersive; VR; Simulation

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Taçgın, Zeynep. “From storyboard to practice: My Virtual Operating Room.” Fusion Journal, no. 16, 2019, pp. 36-49.

First published online: December 2019

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