The appropriate application of computer-assisted instructional
technologies can enrich and expand the educational environment beyond
In the past few years, Colorado State University's veterinary
program instituted the use of interactive multimedia to teach anatomy.
This DVD program, Virtual Canine Anatomy, affects
not only the classroom but also extends beyond the campus to the
student’s home. The DVD program provides an interactive source
of information that extends the presence of the “instructor”
beyond scheduled class times. The program allows the luxury of self-paced,
individualized learning. It also provides a focal point around which
the instructor and student can exchange ideas and make interpretations
of course content. Research suggests this program is an effective
tool to enhance the study of anatomy (Linton, Schoenfeld-Tacher,
Whalen, 2005). Veterinary students around the world are now reviewing
this program. A Macintosh version is also available for testing.
Disclaimer: The "Features"
section on this website displays images of a dissected dog from
the program. All animals in this project were treated humanely.