A "Second Life" for gross anatomy: Applications for multiuser virtual environments in teaching the anatomical sciences

April Richardson, Matthew Hazzard, Sandra D. Challman, Aaron M. Morgenstein, Jennifer K. Brueckner

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Abstract

This article describes the emerging role of educational multiuser virtual environments, specifically Second Life™, in anatomical sciences education. Virtual worlds promote inquiry-based learning and conceptual understanding, potentially making them applicable for teaching and learning gross anatomy. A short introduction to Second Life as an anatomical educational tool is provided, along with description of existing anatomy applications and future directions for this innovative teaching modality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalAnatomical Sciences Education
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Anatomy education
  • Avatar
  • Computer-assisted learning
  • Gross anatomy
  • Innovations
  • Online learning
  • Second Life™
  • Virtual anatomy laboratory
  • Virtual technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Embryology

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