Creation and Dissemination of Interactive Online 3D Anatomy Instruction Modules at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

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Mizer, Linda
Johnson, Philippa J.
Boltax, Ariana
FitzMaurice, Marnie
Graves, John
SUNY , State University of New York , IITG , Innovative Instructional Technology Grants , Virtual Learning Communities , Professional Education , Student Learning Support
In support of the Problem-Based Learning curriculum at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Modular Resource Center (MRC) is a multimodal learning environment where students explore anatomical concepts that are notoriously difficult to conceptualize. These modules are important resources for students, interns, residents, and faculty, yet are limited in accessibility and flexibility. Through 3D medical illustration and open-access instructional design, we can enhance the educational value and accessibility of our pedagogical approach to a wider community of learners. This pilot project will develop two online MRC-based modules relating to the musculoskeletal system. Using high resolution CT data acquisition, a 3D rendering of the dog skeleton and select muscles will be augmented by medical illustration to provide a unique online learning resource. By targeting student misconceptions and incorporating multimodal active learning techniques, these pilot modules demonstrate a scalable pedagogical approach that is adaptable for use by the broader learning community.
Project Outcome: This musculoskeletal module will provide a resource that our veterinary students and the SUNY community, especially relevant to the colleges offering veterinary technician programs, will be able to access remote from the veterinary college. It will be accessible to the veterinary students throughout their four years of study as they explore more intricate levels of understanding of the musculoskeletal system.