Virtual Dissection in Kinesiology and Dentistry

Virtual Dissection: Improving Student Learning with the Anatomage Table

Students in many Health Science schools at UM need to learn human anatomy. For centuries, active learning of anatomy has involved dissection of human cadavers, but cadaver dissection requires specialized facilities, staff and expense, and does not accommodate novel and dynamic didactic approaches to understanding three-dimensional relationships. The Anatomage Table is a new technology that will enable students to actively explore human anatomy, conduct their own virtual dissections, and to create and label their own images of anatomical structures. In this project, the team plans to create new, engaged learning activities using the Anatomage Table for students in the Schools of Kinesiology and Dentistry. The Anatomage Table will be housed in a library space on campus so that students and faculty have 24/7 access to the learning resource. Faculty will set anatomical learning objectives for students that will require them to explore anatomy, conduct virtual dissections, discover structures and image them. Students will also have opportunities for guided practice with dissection-based quizzes, to be used either inside or outside class time.

Project Team:

Melissa Gross, Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning, School of Kinesiology

Alexander DaSilva, Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics, Biologic and Materials Science, School of Dentistry

Laurie Alexander, Associate University Librarian for Learning and Teaching, University Library

David Brzezinski, Lecturer IV in Anatomical Sciences, Medical Education, Medical School

Peter Bodary, Clinical Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology