See How Dr. Corey Johnson of UNC Uses LabRight For His A&P Class…
September 15th is National Online Learning Day, a day celebrating how far we’ve come in digital learning since the early days of electronic instruction. And maybe one of the more remarkable aspects of digital learning is how it has segued from something that busy, transient, and inquisitive adults could do online to earn college credit (University of Phoenix) or learn more about an interesting subject (MOOCs) to a mainstream means of teaching adults and now even children.
Online Learning Has Infiltrated All Our Lives
At a minimum instructors rely heavily on their schools’ LMS to disseminate information and to keep a gradebook. Class syllabi are probably online. Instructors post links they want students to explore and discuss, pre-lab material, virtual labs, post-lab assessments. Online learning, in some shape and form, is here to stay. The question you, as the instructor or administrator, wrestle with is how to balance digital instruction with in-person learning. That balance will be determined by your audience, the class purpose, your resources, and either your preference or your directives. Having a platform that is responsive to those forces is key.
How Dr. Corey Johnson Uses LabRight A&P
Digital Learning isn’t one-size-fits-all. You should have the ability to choose the parts that work for you, make your life easier, and benefit your students. Just like Dr. Corey Johnson did with his Fundamentals of Human Anatomy course at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Johnson, Teaching Professor and Associate Biology Chair, was creating his own material, supplemented by pictures of anatomy models he purchased through a photo subscription service and posted on Sakai. It required a lot of work to create and continue to maintain it. It also required the help of many others to keep the course current.
Corey was intrigued at the idea of handing some responsibilities for his course off to us. His biggest concern, however, was the quality and selection of model images at his disposal. He wanted them to be crisp enough, detailed enough (but not too detailed for undergraduates), and boast additional features like rotating for different views, whiteboard capabilities, and zooming in and out to maximize their instructional potential.
He found what he was looking for with LabRight A&P. It offers an extensive library of images for just-the-right-amount of detail, 3D and rotation, zoom, labeling, hiding, fading, coloring and more. The images also integrate with assessments so students can practice what they are learning as they go.
With the creative tools he needed and the experience he already had designing his anatomy course, Corey collaborated with us to create his best anatomy course yet. Ultimately, he ended up with 19 units that are available for other schools to use and can be mixed and matched as you see fit. For a look at Corey’s online manual and its table of contents, go here and click on the Table of Contents tab near the bottom of the page: Redemption Code for Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory – Van Griner Learning (van-griner.com)
Since Corey runs a hybrid course with in-person labs, he wanted his digital portion to focus on pre-lab prep, study aids, and post-lab retention. All of it is seamlessly integrated into Sakai for sign-on and gradebook synchronization. His pre-lab material is peppered with guided reading questions, exercises, and self-assessments and the models he features are able to be manipulated, labeled, and quizzed on. His post-labs feature quizzes using randomized questions pulled from a pool of material to minimize cheating. And the study-friendly capabilities of the platform resonated with him and his students. For instance, at the end of each chapter all of the models referenced in the chapter appear for quick and easy access. He also has curated flashcards students can review and use to track their progress. The platform includes three types of flashcards so students can be instructed to match the anatomical part to the image, identify the part, or write it out.
And last but certainly not least, we trained Corey’s instructors and will continue to provide them with support.
What Corey Has To Say About Working With LabRight
Corey says, “The technical aspect of putting together the book was handled completely by Van-Griner. They were flexible, accommodating, and very quick to make a change if I didn’t like the way something turned out. What’s more, since implementing the new lab text, I have less work to do throughout the semester. Van-Griner even sets everything up with my not-so-friendly LMS at the beginning of the semester. The people are fantastic, and I feel like I really lucked out!”
Checkout Corey’s Manual
Instructors can use this manual as is or as a launching off point.
Our LabRight Platform Is a Great Solution For A&P Labs
LabRight, an all-in-one seamless digital platform, is ideal because it is customizable and offers simple, lab-specific digital tools. We set it all up for you and provide training. LabRight turns the challenges you’re facing into new teaching and learning opportunities. LabRight is so flexible it can be used for face-to-face, virtual or hybrid labs, and is ideal for pre-, in- or post-lab work.
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