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Electronic Blending in Virtual Microscopy


Journal of Learning Design Volume 4, Number 1, ISSN 1832-8342


Virtual microscopy (VM) is a relatively new technology that transforms the computer into a microscope. In essence, VM allows for the scanning and transfer of glass slides from light microscopy technology to the digital environment of the computer. This transition is also a function of the change from print knowledge to electronic knowledge, or as Gregory Ulmer puts it, a shift "from literacy to electracy." Blended learning, of course, is capable of including a wide variety of educational protocols in its definition; it is also at the heart of electronically mediated forms of education. Since 2004, VM has been introduced into Dentistry, Medicine, Biomedical Science and Veterinary Science courses at the University of Queensland, a project aimed at consolidating VM techniques and technologies into their curricula. This paper uses some of the evaluative survey data collected from this embedding process to discuss the role blended learning plays in electronic styles of learning, or "electracy", before finally reflecting on the quantum world represented in VM imagery. (Contains 1 figure.)


Maybury, T.S. & Farah, C.S. (2010). Electronic Blending in Virtual Microscopy. Journal of Learning Design, 4(1), 41-51. Retrieved December 9, 2022 from .

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