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Adaptive Tutorials Using Virtual Slides to Enhance Learning of Microscopic Morphology
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, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, The University of New South Wales, Australia ; , School of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Australia ; , School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, The University of New South Wales, Australia ; , School of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Australia ; , School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, The University of New South Wales, Australia ; , School of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Australia

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Anatomy and Pathology require students to understand normal microscopic structure (histology) and appearances of disease (histopathology). For this purpose, we use Virtual Slides (VS) – browser-based virtual microscopy simulating use of a real microscope. However, in large practical classes using VS, teachers cannot assist every student who has difficulty with microscopic morphology. Thus, some students are not optimally engaged in learning with VS. To address this issue, we created online Adaptive Tutorials (ATs) that guide students through their interactions with VS. ATs are activities where feedback adapts to students’ needs, based on their interactions with the tutorial. Analysis of students’ interactions with ATs can permit refinement of feedback. ATs used in our Medicine program received high praise from students and teachers. There is also evidence of learning benefits for students. Such ATs could enhance learning in all disciplines that use microscopy.

Citation

Velan, G., Ben-Naim, D., Kumar, R., Bain, M., Kan, B. & Marcus, N. (2009). Adaptive Tutorials Using Virtual Slides to Enhance Learning of Microscopic Morphology. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 759-763). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 17, 2018 from .

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