Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stanford, UC Davis and UC San Francisco host web meeting on Virtual Microscopy

On Wednesday, June 17th, instructors and educational technologists from Stanford, UC Davis and UC San Francisco medical schools hosted a web meeting to share and discuss Virtual Microscopy implementations at their institutions. The idea for the meeting grew out of a panel discussion on virtual microscopy at the WGEA 2009 regional meeting in Santa Fe in April.

Each school briefly presented their virtual microscopy collections and how they are integrating virtual microscopy into their teaching, learning and assessment activities for topics such as histology, microbiology and pathology. Both Stanford and UCSF use a blended approach utilizing both virtual and traditional microscopy, while UC Davis is soley using virtual microscopy having transitioned almost entirely away from traditional microscopes. The discussion then turned to potential ideas for sharing learning materials, assessments and virtual slide collections.

The meeting was universally deemed to be a success with a desire to continue the dialogue amongst the attendees, investigate sharing learning content and collections and to arrange future meetings. For more information contact Brian Tobin, Paulus Djajapranata or Chandler Mayfield.

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