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Optical Versus Virtual: Teaching Assistant Perceptions of the Use of Virtual Microscopy in an Undergraduate Human Anatomy Course

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Description This article describes a study focused on instructor (teaching assistant) evaluation of the introduction of virtual microscopy into an undergraduate anatomy course. Outcomes discussed include the instructor view of the positive influence the addition of virtual microscopy had and suggestions teaching assistants brought for future improvements in the histology pedagogy.
Type of Resource Journal Article/Issue, Teaching Strategies & Guidelines
Format Web Page - HTML
Larissa Collier, Indiana University
Valerie O'Laughlin, Indiana University
Mark Braun, Indiana University School of Medicine
Stacey Dunham, Indiana University School of Medicine
Development Date November 8, 2011
Grade/Age Levels Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization
Review Date February 20, 2012
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Interesting paper on introducing virtual microscopy into an undergraduate setting. The paper's introduction has a useful compilation of earlier papers on virtual microscopy in medical/professional school courses. The author notes that the motivation of the students in these two student populations may have an important impact on the value of virtual microscopy since professional students are generally more motivated and more academically skilled so better able to handle multiple formats.

Thomas Phillips, University of Missouri


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