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Researchers Collaborate on Virtual Human for Use in Medical Education

The faculties of Medicine and Science at the University of Calgary have collaborated to produce LINDSAY, an interactive teaching tool named for a medical student who died in an automobile accident.

Their hope is that the new software will change the way medical education is delivered.

Named after Dr. Lindsay Kimmett, the interactive software uses various touch interfaces and can be used with big screens in addition to small, hand-held devices.

Christian Jacob, a professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary, helped design the software with researchers in the Faculty of Medicine. (Credit: Riley Brandt, University of Calgary)

“There’s a real gap between textbook anatomy and what students see in real life – the LINDSAY software connects the dots between the classroom and real life. Students have been really enthusiastic and it seems to improve their ability to make the connections we are asking. It pulls everything in and provides a much more engaging learning experience.”

— Heather Jamniczky, assistant professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary

A separate software application allows educators to make 3D slides.

The LYNDSAY software may soon be available as a downloadable app.

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Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/uoc-ltf071612.php

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New Online Social Network Supports Adherents of Interactive Teaching

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The "flipped classroom" teaching model is gaining an online following thanks to a new social networking site for educators.

The Peer Instruction (PI) Network (www.peerinstruction.net), which was recently launched by Harvard University, is a worldwide social hub for educators who use – or are interested in using – interactive teaching methods. The site, which was “designed to improve student engagement and success,” was developed by Eric Mazur, Area Dean for Applied Physics and Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

“We are amazed by the response to the initial launch of the Peer Instruction Network. By connecting people who use interactive teaching methods, we hope to cultivate a community of practice that will have a global effect on educational change.”

— Eric Mazur, Area Dean for Applied Physics and Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Already, nearly 2,000 educators are participating in PI worldwide, sharing their experiences, submitting questions, and engaging with other PI users. Some of the countries currently represented by PI members include Ethiopia, Israel, Singapore, Vietnam, Finland, Germany, Greece, South Africa, and the United States.

Learn more at www.seas.harvard.edu/news-events/press-releases/peer-instruction

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