Feasibility and Utility of a Virtual Reality Laboratory Exercise in an Undergraduate Neuroscience Course
Alleyne P.R. Broomell, Mykenzi Allison, and Gillian (Jill) D. Ellern
To improve undergraduate students’ understanding of neuroanatomy and structure, we leveraged existing virtual reality infrastructure to create a novel dissection assignment in an undergraduate neuroscience course. Students completed a virtual reality dissection of the central nervous system that augmented status quo instruction in lecture and textbook format. We found that such an assignment is feasible at a regional comprehensive university with intrauniversity partnerships that are mutually beneficial. Results showed positive engagement from students and feasibility of incorporating virtual reality in undergraduate neuroscience courses.