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Tuesday, February 28 • 9:15am - 10:45am
(DEER VALLEY) Self-directed learning, peer-to-peer teaching and scientific integration: digital tools to enhance histology

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We will demonstrate a histology teaching App during this workshop. Whether or not you plan to attend, if you have an iPad and would like to examine a beta version of this App, send an email to rick.ash@utah.edu with the Subject: Histology App. You will receive an invitation from Apple’s TestFlight program with instructions.

Abstract Body: The launch of an integrated curriculum and a 50% increase in class size prompted the need to revise our approach to teaching histology. We also wanted to promote more self-directed learning and peer-to-peer teaching. To address these issues, over the past eight years we have created three types of digital learning tools: 1. Online lab guides that provide detailed text, micrographs, and links to virtual slides, permitting students to learn a large amount of the material on their own. 2. Group assignments that include standard microanatomy identifications, as well as functional questions gathered from many disciplines, such as gross anatomy, physiology, clinical medicine, and pathology, reinforcing our integrated curriculum. These assignments foster teamwork and peer-to-peer teaching since students in a group share the scores on assignments. 3. Histo!, an iPad app that allows students to learn and then test their knowledge at their own pace, individually or in groups. As with our assignments, Histo! includes structural and functional questions and includes topics beyond histology. Due to its high quality images, learning and test modes, and portability, Histo! is extremely popular with our students. Objectives. Participants will observe and then directly experience how: ● laboratory guides are constructed to facilitate self-directed learning. ● in-class group assignments encourage teamwork and reinforce learning. ● the Histo! app facilitates initial learning, review, and self-testing. Methods. The presenters will initially demonstrate features of the lab guides, assignments, and Histo! app to everyone. We will then break into groups to explore these three tools using iPads. A limited number of iPads will be provided, but attendees who own iPads are encouraged to bring them to download a beta version of the Histo! app. At the end of the session we will reconvene to solicit suggestions and feedback. Intended Outcomes. Participants will get hands-on experience with some simple and effective tools for managing a large laboratory session with limited faculty. They will see the potential and flexibility that the lab guides, assignments, and Histo! app provide for team work, self-directed learning, reinforcement of content and self-assessment. We anticipate that the workshop attendees will provide insights and suggestions for improving these tools and extending them to other subjects. Target Audience. Faculty involved in foundational science instruction. Although the focus here is on laboratory teaching, these tools are useful in other settings. 

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Rick Ash

Professor, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, University of Utah
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Sheryl Scott

Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

Tuesday February 28, 2017 9:15am - 10:45am

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