Issues regarding conversion of anatomy curricula in professional schools to computer based learning

A panel discussion

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Incorporation of computer based learning strategies into the conventional anatomy curriculum in medical, dental and veterinary schools raises a number of issues regarding the allocation of resources and the usefulness of these innovations in promoting student learning. The advantages for the institution in terms of fiscal savings in laboratory specimen costs and instructional personnel time are weighed against the increased costs of facility and equipment acquisition and computer program development. From the standpoint of student learning, the loss of student-instructor interaction and direct student contact with specimens, especially in promoting understanding of three dimensional relationships and tissue variability, need to be balanced against the ease and rapidity with which students can accumulate larger volumes of knowledge. Definitive studies which evaluate the utility of computers in anatomy courses offered to professional students need to be incorporated into the the planning process as institutions commit to computerization of instructional materials and examinations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFASEB Journal
Volume12
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 20 1998

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Curriculum
Curricula
Anatomy
Learning
Students
Veterinary Schools
Costs and Cost Analysis
Dental Schools
Program Development
Resource Allocation
Medical Schools
Computer program listings
Costs
Software
Innovation
Personnel
Tissue
Planning
Equipment and Supplies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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