Virtual Canine Anatomy ( Dissection )
by Colorado State University
The appropriate application of computer-assisted instructional technologies can enrich and expand the educational environment beyond the classroom.
In the past few years, Colorado State University's veterinary program instituted the use of interactive multimedia to teach anatomy. This DVD program, Virtual Canine Anatomy, affects not only the classroom but also extends beyond the campus to the student’s home. The DVD program provides an interactive source of information that extends the presence of the “instructor” beyond scheduled class times. The program allows the luxury of self-paced, individualized learning. It also provides a focal point around which the instructor and student can exchange ideas and make interpretations of course content. Research suggests this program is an effective tool to enhance the study of anatomy (Linton, Schoenfeld-Tacher, Whalen, 2005). Veterinary students around the world are now reviewing this program.
The photographs in Virtual Canine Anatomy are interactive. Students can click directly on a structure to highlight it. A different highlight color is used for the different types of structures (muscles, nerves, arteries, etc.). Additionally, descriptive text about the structure appears in the panel at the bottom of the screen. All red text in the program is active (although not in the image above) and links to more information about or other views of the chosen structure. Clicking on the list at the left of a page highlights the named structure on the image and displays information about the structure.
You're require to install QuickTime Player, a free application for watching the .mov files.