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VirRAD: the Virtual Radiopharmacy

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Summary: Aim: To create a readily accessible virtual environment where the Radiopharmacist community can meet to learn, exchange views and discuss best practice. Objectives: To create a constructivist instructional design based on Mindful learning theory, with a multi-layered meta-cognitive learner model within the context of an intelligent, virtual reality enhanced, distance learning environment for professional development. This environment will be embedded in an enriched learning structure that gathers learners, practitioners and specialists in a knowledge-learning community. VirRAD will investigate the integration of a personalised, yet social learning environment with a multi-user 3-D virtual radiopharmacy, video based learning resources and a community discussion space. Training material will be tailored to the syllabus of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine but can also be integrated into teaching in North America.

Key Facts

Website: http://www.virrad.com/

Funder: European Commission

Type of Activity: Collaborative Research

Grant holder: Julie-Ann Sime (Educational Research)

Researcher: Bob Kemp (Educational Research)

Dept/Research Groups: Centre for Studies in Advanced Learning Technology, Educational Research

Project Description

Principle Investigator/Project Manager - Dr. Julie-Ann Sime

Researchers: Dr. Michael Pengelly, Dr. Michael O'Donoghue, Dr. Bob Kemp, Ms. ZoŽ Swiderski, Ms. Megan Shaw, Mr. J.S. Pang, Ms. Niki Vielma, Mr Ian Nicoll.

Funding: European Commission IST Programme, from March 2002 to Feb 2005, about £500,000 of total budget of 4 million Euros.

Aim: To create a readily accessible virtual environment where the Radiopharmacist community can meet to learn, exchange views and discuss best practice.

Objectives: To create a constructivist instructional design based on Mindful learning theory, with a multi-layered meta-cognitive learner model within the context of an intelligent, virtual reality enhanced, distance learning environment for professional development. This environment will be embedded in an enriched learning structure that gathers learners, practitioners and specialists in a knowledge-learning community. VirRAD will investigate the integration of a personalised, yet social learning environment with a multi-user 3-D virtual radiopharmacy, video based learning resources and a community discussion space. Training material will be tailored to the syllabus of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine but can also be integrated into teaching in North America.

Keywords: pedagogical framework, learner modelling, meta-cognition, learning to learn, 3-D virtual environment, dynamic simulation, video resources, video streaming, evaluation, user-centred design, CPD, HE, safety training.

Partners: Cancer Research (UK), FH-Joanneum (At), Research Academic Computer Technology Institute (Gr), University of Alberta (Ca) Instituto Technologico e Nuclear (Pt), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Be), University of Purdue (USA) and Lancaster University (UK).

Project partially funded under the European Commission, Information Society Technology Programme, contract IST-2001-32291.

Research Significance

Academic - Participatory, collaborative research with users group (Radiopharmacists)

Purpose of Research

Collaborative Research

Project Funder

European Commission - £500,000

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