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Seminar Topic: 3D visualizations enhance Anatomy & Physiology curriculum
Seminar Date & Time: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 10:30am
Location: MIT 4-149
Co-Hosted by: OEIT and The Education Group
Professor Patrice Thiriet and artist Olivier Rastello presented their suite of 3D visualization tools for anatomy education at MIT on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. The tools were created at the University of Lyon1 in France, by a team comprised of technologists, domain experts and visual artists who have compiled an open source suite that is freely available online. The interactive tools allow students to explore various aspects of human anatomy from perspectives that were hitherto impossible.
- Using 3D Studio Max and other 3D software applications, Olivier Rastello and his colleagues have built a comprehensive suite of human anatomy visualization tools. To support various student learning styles, the tools can be can be experienced in three modalities:
1. On-demand Videos (View a Sample Video)
2. Interactive 3D PDF files that users can manipulate
3. Still images in a custom textbook that is structured with pedagogical sequence
The Q&A session that followed Professor Thiriet’s talk offered opportunities for members of the MIT community to explore further this innovative work in anatomy education. One participant inquired about the use of formal evaluation techniques to measure the learning impact of the visualization tools. Professor Thiriet reported that assessment studies indicate a definite and positive correlation between student use of the tools and their improved performance on anatomy exams and abilities to perform mental rotation of anatomical structures. Evaluations have also revealed student opinions that indicate that they enjoy studying with the visualization tools, which provide them with an engaging learning environment.
Dr. Violeta Ivanova of MIT OEIT is working closely with Professor Thiriet, artist Olivier Rastello, and their team to explore applications of Lyon1′s processes and technologies in support of 3D visualization projects for educational uses at MIT.