Primal Pictures to Provide Digital Learning Tools for University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy

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Graduate Students Will Access Anatomy & Physiology Online as Part of Study of Learning Techniques

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Anatomy & Physiology Online

Primal’s 3D anatomy imaging lends itself well to the detailed learning required in an A&P class

Primal Pictures announced today that the University of Indianapolis has selected Primal’s Anatomy & Physiology Online as the digital learning component in an evaluation of traditional vs. online learning tools for graduate occupational therapy students.

The university will provide all students entering the Masters of Occupational Therapy program in the fall of 2011 with Anatomy & Physiology Online to support its gross anatomy course curriculum. Faculty will also incorporate other Primal digital learning tools, including Interactive Functional Anatomy and Interactive Human: 3D Real-Time Body into their curriculum. Faculty leadership will evaluate the class performance against prior year classes. They will also track individual time spent using the online learning tools to measure any correlation to test results within the group. Students will also have access to traditional learning tools, including print textbooks and atlases, and human cadavers.

“A deep foundational understanding of anatomy and physiology is critical to students’ ongoing success in our graduate occupational therapy program,” said Kate E. DeCleene, OTD, OTR, and Director of Occupational Therapy. “Through this study we hope to evaluate how the addition of digital learning tools effects student knowledge and understanding of information they need well beyond their first semester coursework.”

Anatomy & Physiology Online is an interactive, 3D, digital learning tool that includes all the content students need for anatomy and physiology courses. Anatomy & Physiology Online includes 19 modules with 3D images and interactive models, narrated animations and illustrations, dissection slides, clinical case studies, aging impact visuals, a pronunciation guide, quizzes and more.

“Primal’s 3D anatomy imaging lends itself well to the detailed learning required in an A&P class, and we know that many students use it as an ongoing reference tool once their A&P course is complete,” said Neal Alen, Vice President, North American Sales. “We are eager to work with the University of Indianapolis to evaluate the product’s effectiveness in such a comprehensive way.”

The University of Indianapolis is providing a one-year grant to evaluate the impact of the Primal products in the School of Occupational Therapy through its new Innovator Grants program, which encourages faculty to quickly incorporate recent developments in technology in their discipline. These grants acknowledge the growing role of technology in effective teaching, as important as textbooks, videos, and discussion. The dean of health science provided additional funding.

“If the program is successful, we will seek additional funding to introduce the learning tools and related curriculum to other health science specialties throughout the university, including physical therapy, exercise science, and nursing,” said DeCleene.

About Primal Pictures
Primal Pictures offers the most complete, detailed and medically-accurate 3D model of human anatomy for students, educators and health care practitioners. Primal Pictures’ 3D anatomy software is widely adopted in education and it is used for patient, practitioner and student education in over 20 countries. In 2011, over half a million students will learn anatomy using Primal software.

About UIndy
The University of Indianapolis is a private, comprehensive institution of higher education founded in 1902, with a home campus of more than 5,200 students, a wholly owned branch in Athens, Greece, and partnership sites in Asia and Latin America. Its challenging undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs include nationally ranked offerings in the health sciences. Two centers of excellence make UIndy a leader in education reform and aging studies. More information is available at http://www.uindy.edu.

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