Mixed reality in higher education | Beerend Hierck | TEDxAmsterdamED

A team of experts from the University of Leiden and the Leiden UMC has added a new feature to the Microsoft HoloLens, which enables the medical holograms in the app to move with the human body. This enables a real-time, three-dimensional model for students to learn from, using their own bodies as learning tools. This immersive way of learning through Mixed Reality is a gamechanger in higher education, and has many more possible applications which are still being developed daily.

Beerend Hierck studied biology and carried out a PhD on the role of retinoic acid and integrins, primarily α6ß1 and α6ß4, and laminins in heart development. As a postdoc, he studied the role of DGCR6, one of the genes involved in DiGeorge Syndrome, on the development of the heart. In 1998, he was appointed assistant professor with prime research interest in the relationship between shear forces and endothelial function. He is also involved in teaching Anatomy and Developmental Biology to Medical and Biomedical Science students. June 9, 2010, he was awarded the Prof. Dr Tammeling Prize, which is annually given to the “best teacher of the LUMC”.

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