Adaptive Anatomy: Transforming laboratory based subjects for online students

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Traditionally anatomy is taught using time intensive laboratory classes; however in the midst of global pandemic, can anatomy be taught online? Twenty one adaptive online anatomy lessons were created to assist students in preparing for a high stakes, end of session practical exam. High resolution images of over 500 anatomical structures provided students with the opportunity to learn the content using a combination of drag and drop, and type in the answer style questions. Students overwhelmingly engaged with the lessons, and self-reported improvements in their learning and exam preparedness through repeated use of flexible and adaptive learning resources.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event45th International Conference on Improving University Teaching (IUT), 2020 - Virtual conference, Boston, United States
Duration: 01 Jul 202003 Jul 2020
Conference number: 45th (program)


Conference45th International Conference on Improving University Teaching (IUT), 2020
Abbreviated titleToward Sustainable Assessment and The Digital Pivot
Country/TerritoryUnited States
OtherUT is replacing our planned 2020 conference in Padua with a virtual conference, to be held on the original dates of July 1-3, with bonus extended access. This virtual conference will have two themes—our original theme of “Toward Sustainable Assessment” and a second theme, “The Online Pivot,” about teaching in a virtual environment.

The 45th IUT conference will feature many of our traditional offering—papers, posters, roundtables, and plenary addresses—some live and some posted for access before and after the conference. Participants will enjoy unlimited access to all conference materials online through September 30th. In addition, we will offer networking and group chat opportunities, including a robust online forum, with both synchronous and asynchronous options to participate on your schedule. Finally, building on this virtual conference, we plan to make our website a year-round resource for the university teaching community.
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