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iAnatomy: A Virtual Anatomy Class Using eBook Case Studies
- Biology 324: Anatomy
- James Ryan, Professor of Biology
- Jeremy T. Cushman, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Rochester
- Rob Beutner, Digital Learning Consultant, IT Services
- Taryn White '13, Technology Fellow
Goals and Objectives:
- Bring undergraduate anatomy education in line with medical school curriculum
- Increase learning via interactive, case studies in anatomy where students must solve complex problems
- Increase critical thinking by having anatomy students take more control over their own learning
- Assess the status of multi-purpose tablet technology for curricular use in anatomy
- iBooks Author e-text software to publish an interactive digital textbook; see iAnatomy: Interactive Case Studies for Human Anatomy
- iPads for e-text deployment and additional applications to support student digital lab work
- iPad apps (software applications mounted on iPads) including anatomy apps such as Visible Body and Essential Anatomy 2, and collaborative apps such as Dropbox and NotesPlus to facilitate mobile lab writing
- additional equipment was also purchased to support the physical hardware within the classroom environment; please contact the Digital Learning Center to learn more
Digital Learning Team Role:
"Phase two of the iAnatomy project would not have been possible without the support from the Mellon Digital Pedagogies grant and the staff of the Digital Learning Commons.
In particular, Rob Beutner played a critical role in setting up the iPads and helping organize phase one of the project.
The staff of the Digital Learning Commons play a critical role in supporting innovative teaching for HWS faculty."
- Consult with faculty and help define technology needs related to learning goals
- Research related applications to meet needs defined and then test them
- Outline processes and best practices for integrating the iPad within the course and establishing a student workflow
- Assist in purchasing and then configuration of iPad devices for use in a classroom environment
- Provide overview for students on iPad navigation and utilization of apps to facilitate digital lab reports
- 95% of students agreed "I accomplished more in class because of iPads"
- 90% of students agreed "I developed better critical thinking skills because of iPads"
- 81% of students agreed "The iPad was directly beneficial to learning material"
As a contribution back to the HWS learning community, in step with the goals of the larger innovative digital pedagogies initaitive, Prof. Jim Ryan created a series of brief tutorials to introduce faculty and students to digital authorship using iBooks Author.
iBooks Author Tutorials:
- Episode 0_BeforeYouBegin
- Episode 1_Intro
- Episode 2_UserInterface
- Episode 3_BookCover
- Episode 4_ModifyingTemplates
- Episode 5 TextEditing
- Episode 6_ToolbarEditing
- Episode 7 _AlphaTool
- Episode 8_MathType
- Episode 9_LaTeX
- Episode 10_InteractiveWidgets
- Episode 11_MovieWidget
- Episode 12_3DWidget
- Episode 13_KeynoteWidget
- Episode 14_PDFWidget
- Episode 15_GoogleMapsWidget
- Episode 16_ScrollingSideBar
- Episode 17_PopOverWidget
- Episode 18 _ReviewWidget
- Episode 19_Tables
- Episode 20_Charts