Smart tutor: A pilot study of a novel adaptive simulation environment

Thai Pham, Lincoln Roland, K. Aaron Benson, Roger W. Webster, Anthony G. Gallagher, Randy S. Haluck

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10 Scopus citations

Abstract

Computer-based learning environments create the possibility of dynamic adaptation to address learner capabilities and user performance. Software algorithms, code-named Smart Tutor, for motor skill learning were developed and applied to an abstract environment for laparoscopic surgery (RapidFire). Smart Tutor dynamically adjusts the environment to minimize frustration and optimize learning conditions for all learners. This study compared the first generation RapidFire / Smart Tutor (RF / ST) to the Minimal Invasive Surgery Trainer Virtual Reality (MIST VR) system for laparoscopic performance improvement and level of frustration. Two groups of novice laparoscopic learners were assessed by pre- and post- training paper cutting exercise and subjective surveys. Users of both systems showed improvement of laparoscopic skills as measured by the paper cutting exercises. No differences were shown between groups for level of improvement. However, a significant difference was seen in the subjective ratings on the post-training survey with less frustration for the RF / ST training group. Important information was acquired for refinements of the Smart Tutor algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 13
Subtitle of host publicationThe Magical Next Becomes the Medical Now, MMVR 2005
PublisherIOS Press
Pages385-389
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)1586034987, 9781586034986
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Event13th Annual Conference on Medicine Meets Virtual Reality: The Magical Next Becomes the Medical Now, MMVR 2005 - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 26 2005Jan 29 2005

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume111
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other13th Annual Conference on Medicine Meets Virtual Reality: The Magical Next Becomes the Medical Now, MMVR 2005
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach, CA
Period1/26/051/29/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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