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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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 publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Pages385-389
Number of pages5
Volume111
StatePublished - 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

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

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Frustration
Surgery
Learning
User-Computer Interface
Virtual reality
Motor Skills
Laparoscopy
Software
Surveys and Questionnaires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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Pham, T., Roland, L., Benson, K. A., Webster, R. W., Gallagher, A. G., & Haluck, R. S. (2005). Smart tutor: A pilot study of a novel adaptive simulation environment. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Vol. 111, pp. 385-389)

Smart tutor : A pilot study of a novel adaptive simulation environment. / Pham, Thai; Roland, Lincoln; Benson, K. Aaron; Webster, Roger W.; Gallagher, Anthony G.; Haluck, Randy S.

Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. Vol. 111 2005. p. 385-389.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Pham, T, Roland, L, Benson, KA, Webster, RW, Gallagher, AG & Haluck, RS 2005, Smart tutor: A pilot study of a novel adaptive simulation environment. in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. vol. 111, pp. 385-389, 13th Annual Conference on Medicine Meets Virtual Reality: The Magical Next Becomes the Medical Now, MMVR 2005, Long Beach, CA, United States, 1/26/05.
Pham T, Roland L, Benson KA, Webster RW, Gallagher AG, Haluck RS. Smart tutor: A pilot study of a novel adaptive simulation environment. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. Vol. 111. 2005. p. 385-389
Pham, Thai ; Roland, Lincoln ; Benson, K. Aaron ; Webster, Roger W. ; Gallagher, Anthony G. ; Haluck, Randy S. / Smart tutor : A pilot study of a novel adaptive simulation environment. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. Vol. 111 2005. pp. 385-389
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