SEMINAR: New paradigms for teaching "Histology" and other image-intensive courses
|New paradigms for teaching "Histology" and other image-intensive courses : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology
The Seminar: A summary of activities completed during the presenter’s 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Fellowship (ALTC) and proposed activities of a 2011 ALTC Project Grant will be provided. The presentation will demonstrate a combination of technologies (including the Moodle software package) that can present (securely and guaranteed 24/7 access) educational environments (both real and simulated) in which the various components enhance each other and effect significant benefits for student learning. These technologies can solve many emerging issues threatening effective teaching and learning of university curricula with significant laboratory practical requirements. The example used in this presentation will be innovative strategies for teaching and learning human “Histology” – the microscopic structure of cells, tissues and organs. But, these strategies, and the learning management systems, can be adopted for delivering course content for many other image intensive disciplines within university curricula and those requiring significant laboratory practical classes. A proper understanding of what various pedagogies and technologies could and could not offer in the context of general and specific educational goals is emphasized in order to promote their benefits, outline challenges they pose, and prudently avoid pitfalls. Most importantly, this presentation will demonstrate creative approaches enhancing the acquisition and delivery of the highest quality teaching resources to students worldwide and not just confined to our students locally.
The Speaker: Professor Geoffrey Meyer completed his PhD in the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, at the University of Western Australia. He has received a number of teaching awards including a UWA Excellence in Innovation in Teaching Award, an International Excellence in Innovation in Teaching, Learning and Technology Award and was a 1999 Australian University Teaching Award Winner. In 2006 he received a University of WA Teaching Fellowship and in 2008 was the Vice Chancellor’s Invitational Lecturer for “Teaching Month 2008”. Professor Meyer was awarded a prestigious ALTC (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) Fellowship in 2009 and is currently the Project Leader on an 2011 ALTC Project Grant. Geoff Meyer’s research activities focuses on developing innovative, computer-aided, learning and teaching tools. He is the creator of the award-winning web-based, “Meyer’s Histology – Online Interactive Atlas” and “Meyer’s Histology - Learning and Teaching Resources” an innovative learning management platform that enables histology teachers to add/share their own content and customise the resource to suit the specific curricula for his/her cohorts of students. More recently, Professor Meyer has been creating more dynamic learning tools (advanced 3D graphics and animations) to facilitate better instruction of structure-function relationships.
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