Teaching and Learning with Technology

Even before my formal training in educational technology, I appreciated the value that technology could bring to teaching, learning and assessment. Here are some of the projects I have worked on and some of my current endeavors and interests.

Teaching Gross Anatomy in the 21st Century

At the University of Western States I worked closely with the anatomy faculty in the design and implementation of technology in the human gross anatomy laboratory. The result was a state-of-the-art dissection facility that opened in 2011. The new lab features 11 dissection workstations, each supported by a computer for accessing e-books, laboratory manuals, digital atlases, and other online learning resources. The anatomists can project additional images onto eight 50” display monitors mounted on the walls. One workstation has special videocamera capabilities so that the anatomist can demonstrate a dissection technique or zoom in on an area of interest and project the images throughout the lab.


Lecture Capture

At UWS I pushed hard to get lecture capture technology funded and installed. Lecture capture is the process of digitally recording a professor's presentation, including all materials projected (e.g., PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, document camera, DVD player, etc.) along with the speaker's voice. In many cases a videocamera is also used to record the speaker. After the lecture is completed, the presentation is encoded and uploaded to the campus servers where it can be cataloged, edited if necessary, and made accessible to students via the Internet. Most of the commercial lecture capture systems include the ability for teachers to edit out extraneous or unwanted material, bookmark important parts of the lecture, and add additional learning materials. Students are able to rapidly search the presentation using keywords and find sections for review. The photo below shows a typical lecture capture system.

Lecture Capture display