Elearning Design Center Transforms Education Through Immersive Learning
Elearning Design Center (ELDC) is an e-learning technology-focused company with a vision to transform online learning by bringing immersive ways of teaching to learners and educators. Founded in 2016, the company’s goal is to make immersive learning scalable and affordable by optimizing technology to create enhanced learning experiences. These learning experiences include games, clinical simulations, AR/VR/3D environments, custom e-learning and learning management systems, virtual humans, 2D/3D demonstrations, mobile applications and WebGL development.
Headquartered in Lyon Township, Michigan, ELDC uses visual, 3D interactive and portable applications to allow for virtual practice procedures on equipment via web, PC, mobile, augmented reality and virtual reality platforms. The platform employs robust learning tools to help align game design, content and assessment for even more powerful learning experiences. The vision is to design cutting-edge learning solutions that are captivating and engaging enough to ensure that learners put the platform to use.
Learning games use a combination of engaging stories, captivating graphics, lively animations, VFX and other audio-visual techniques to immerse learners in the virtual world. At the same time, they engage learners’ brains through problem-solving as part of the serious game experience. For example, in the case of the human heart, learners can utilize ELDC’s immersive platform to view the organ, along with its various parts, from all angles. Through incorporating these learning strategies, ELDC has helped healthcare educators, online schools and corporate learning academies to solve real-world problems.
“I have over nine years of experience in implementing immersive learning solutions in education and training. As an expert in XR technologies, I realized the potential they held in transforming teaching and learning,” said Rajat Arora, the founder of ELDC. “While traditional eLearning methods focus more on observational learning, immersive learning methods like VR training and simulations are more participation-based and hence, more engaging and effective. This led to the inception of ELDC.”
Arora added that all ELDC products are designed to make full use of technologies like virtual reality and simulations to create engaging experiences and deliver optimum learning and understanding. MedVR Education from ELDC is one such effort, focusing solely on clinical simulations for patient care and healthcare management.
MedVR Education: MedVR Ed is an online XR training platform for healthcare professionals that offers off-the-shelf training solutions to online schools, universities, training institutions and hospitals. By using this platform, learners can access and engage in fully immersive VR training programs to perform tasks and practice skills and concepts as many times as desired. The platform also enables monitoring and assessing performances of individual users and helps generate personalized feedback and performance metrics. This helps to facilitate a guided self-assessment and suggest areas of improvement.
There is no need to install, reinstall, sideload, setu, or configure details as all these are taken care of by the MedVR Education team remotely. Using realistic and evidence-based simulations, the MedVR Ed platform guarantees quality training in the field of patient care and healthcare management. The high-fidelity virtual environments bring to life actual hospitals and healthcare setups, such as outpatient areas, patient rooms, ICUs, hospital reception areas, nurse stations or any other section of a healthcare center or sim lab. The environments are enhanced with dynamic physiology to present real-life experiences.
“The MedVR Education healthcare library will be available to everyone who has access to the enterprise platform. While the training takes place through the headset via the VR application, users can return to the web-based platform dashboard to check individual competency levels and view performance analysis data,” said Arora. “With its dynamic and evolving app library, MedVR Education aims at producing simulation training programs for the healthcare sector to provide the much-needed practice and experience that can help professionals execute their duties with confidence and finesse.”
XR Platform: The ELDC XR platform can be used to access and distribute XR applications across multiple endpoints to thousands of users and devices. The cloud-based platform is easy to use and completely adaptable to client-specific needs. Learners can connect with their existing LMS through xAPI and customize the reporting tool to best meet their needs, including by creating and managing user profiles. Further, they have the ability to easily generate candidate-specific competency-based feedback and suggestions. Examples of ELDC XR solutions include a virtual reality blood collection, EKG scenario, fire safety training, augmented reality human anatomy application and more.
3D Demonstrations: ELDC’s 3D experience allows learners to enhance their understanding of complex issues by learning through observation and investigation, rather than by instruction. This is a unique method of teaching that allows environments and images to be observed in 3D detail from every angle. The fully interactive and immersive learning environment engages learners in a variety of ways, guaranteeing a greater level of participation and comprehension. Examples of ELDC’s clinical teaching and learning 3D demonstrations include:
- Human anatomy
- Tendon repair
- Heart attack
- Dental procedures
- Type I diabetes
- Valve animation
- Heimlich Maneuver
- Arthroscopic debridement
- Insulin injection device
- Performing electrocardiogram
- Ambulatory monitoring
Virtual Humans: ELDC provides experiential learning using photorealistic virtual humans in various simulated environments. The virtual humans leverage the power of artificial intelligence and computer graphics and with the knowledge of subject matter experts. ELDC’s virtual humans are designed to connect with real people in powerful, meaningful and complex ways. Using AI-based voice-recognition, they are able to understand everything the learner says. Education using virtual humans helps learners improve critical thinking, knowledge acquisition, clinical decision-making skills, leadership development, sales enablement and customer service — all while improving patient safety.
3D Modeling: ELDC provides a wide variety of custom 3D modeling services for different purposes and fields. The company’s artists can develop these custom-specialized 3D models from a sketch, image or concept. These models can be used for games and interactive applications to reflect a company or vendor’s vision, making their production stand out amongst competitors. To date, ELDC has created 3D models of home health aid settings, sterile processing units, patient rooms, reception areas, operation theaters, phlebotomy setups, viruses, eyeballs and pseudomonas.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is cited as a key source for professional certification in the industry. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He and his wife Abigail Baily, PhD live in Las Vegas, Nevada with their two amazing daughters.