Web-based 3D Visualization System for Anatomy Online Instruction

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Conference Proceeding

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Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Southeast Conference




Problem-based instruction is an active learning instructional practice that requires students to use rational and critical thinking skills to generate reasonable solutions to problem-based scenarios. For complex medical conditions such as stroke, degenerative diseases, and traumatic brain injury, students must have a strong command of neuroanatomy and physiology. While virtual and synthetic dissection simulation tools alleviate the need for procuring and maintaining costly resources, like cadavers, these tools are costly, inaccessible to students online, and inadequate in the teaching of practical knowledge needed to solve real-life clinical problems. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many courses have switched to an online format surprising students and faculty. The web-based visualization repository presented is intended to provide medical students with a comprehensive, web-based visual and problem-based learning tool to assist their learning of anatomical and neurophysiological concepts as applied to various medical disorders. The application can be used for online learning, as well as for in-person learning.


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