The Use of Low-Tech Models to Enhance the Learning of Anatomy
Anatomy models can be made from very simple materials and may not superficially resemble the structures they are intended to represent. Nevertheless, they accurately depict crucial anatomy relationships and are useful tools for student learning. They can serve as memory aids, help solve three-dimensional problems, and, best of all, provide opportunities for students to interact with teachers. To use these models to produce the best learning experiences for their students, teachers need to involve the students, motivate them, pitch their teaching at the students’ level, give appropriate feedback, and promote students’ reflection. The design of these tools should be guided by the intended learning outcomes, usually some crucial anatomical relationships that students have difficulties with, and their use in teaching should be followed by evaluations on how to improve their design.
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