Spotlight: University of Toledo Trains Future Healthcare Professionals with Simulation Center

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Mission: Improve Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The University of Toledo Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center (UT – IISC) has, as part of its mission, goals to train students in virtual immersive environments in order to produce medical graduates who excel in clinical practice and medical research. To help meet these goals, the IISC incorporates clinical simulation scenarios and 3D visualization technology with the aim of preparing learners for the safest possible clinical care of real patients.

Floor 1 is an immersive simulation floor where virtual reality tools are used to teach in the form of specialized displayed systems. This includes CAD walls and an iSpace, which Bill Schmidt of AVI-SPL describes as “the closest thing to a holodeck that we have on the planet.” “You can suspend a viewer’s belief system and put them into virtual worlds that can very closely approximate the real world.  This is a very new way of providing teaching, especially in the medical field, and it offers a bunch of new possibilities for them to accelerate the learning process.”

Floor 2 features the advanced clinical simulation center with high fidelity human patient simulators in simulated hospital settings. This floor can be turned into a virtual delivery unit, intensive care unit, trauma suite and surgical suite.

Floor 3 is a progressive anatomy and surgical skills center where surgical and procedural skill training is performed. This floor utilizes advanced trainers and enables surgical workshops, alongside a section that specifically works with bodies that were donated for scientific study.

“In the Virtual Hospital, you can practice taking care of patients in the simulation spaces, including the transition of care from one level of care to another,” Boyers says. “For example, from the home, to the ED, to the hospital, to the ICU and back home again. Practicing the safe transition of patient care from one team to the next is very important.”  Boyers says before the 65,000 square foot simulation center was built, the university built a 12,000 square foot prototype. She says the prototype was a test to see if the simulation center concept would be adopted by students, faculty and the curriculum.

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A Better Workforce Through Interactive Learning Programs

A Better Workforce Through Interactive Learning Programs: Q&A with Tracie Bryant

When higher education and private sector organizations team up, learning through video becomes much more than streamed lectures or recorded expert presentations and interviews. It becomes an interactive and dynamic experience with videoconferencing and 3D environments.

Corporate and education alliances create opportunities to inspire students in ways textbooks or static content can’t. For example, a medical student can walk into a lab, assess and treat a traumatic head injury on a simulated patient, and then be evaluated by a physician at a remote location. In addition to simulations, students may collaborate with experts, visualize their work in 3D, and more. Tracie Bryant, AVI-SPL VP of Sales for State/Local Government & Education, explains why these programs result in improved career opportunities and a more skilled workforce.
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Space in the Spotlight: World-Class Restaurant Lab at Florida International University

AVI-SPL is a proud FLEXspace Silver Sponsor. Here’s an example of how they’re bringing innovative technologies and solutions to improve learning spaces in higher education. 


The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University gives students hands-on experience in restaurant management as they prepare for careers in the hospitality industry.  “Technology is important to us in all that we do,” says Mike Hampton, dean of the Chaplin school. “If we’re going to have a world-class hospitality program, we have to have world-class facilities.”

This facility, featuring Crestron, Chief, Panasonic, and Polycom, is a space where video and audio technology helps teachers keep track of student performance, brings remote locations together for distance learning, and gives students an advantage over their counterparts at other schools. In the kitchen, students gather around HD displays to watch distance-learning instruction and video conference with other groups of students and teachers. The Polycom video conferencing system connects the FIU lab with culinary schools in Ireland and China so participants can share content. The cameras, which blend with the architecture, capture all the activity throughout the lab for the video conferences, and function as 24/7 surveillance.

During a video conferencing session, students and guests can ask questions of those at the remote site. While a chef at a dining table gives a demonstration, a presenter annotates those images using the interactive 24-inch Crestron panel from a custom-built lectern, and shares them on the large display over the bar.  Presenters can also annotate content using four Crestron touch panels (including two wireless units). Four Crestron Capture HD units enable instructors to record their lectures in real time, and make them available for live streaming and downloading. Thin-profile wall mounts by Chief make it easy for the displays to be serviced. (Read the article here, or download the PDF case study here.)