Strategies for Addressing Students’ Comprehension and Visualization Needs: Integrating Interactive, 3D Tools into Human Anatomy Courses

Sponsored by Gale, a Cengage company
Recorded on 08/23/2018

Posted in Library Technology and IT


Cornerstone subjects in health curricula like human anatomy are difficult to teach and can be frustrating for undergraduates. To overcome their difficulties with comprehension and visualization, students sometimes turn to applications they can download on their phones or laptops. Unfortunately, these applications may not have sound pedagogical underpinnings.

In this webinar, Dr. Darren Hoffman presents his methodology for teaching human anatomy and research on how integrating 3D, interactive software into pre-work can streamline students’ lecture and lab time. He also shares information on the current literature and what he has been hearing from his students as they’ve worked with 3D technologies in their courses.

Attendees will walk away with best practices for integrating 3D technologies in:

  • The lecture hall
  • The laboratory
  • At-home study

To wrap up the session, Amy Braun, Director, Academic Business & Science Products at Gale, a Cengage company, will walk through the features and benefits of Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy. Join ACRL and Choice to learn how to engage students in human anatomy courses with integrated, 3D software.


Dr. Darren Hoffman
Assistant Professor
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine

Dr. Darren Hoffmann received his PhD from the University of Iowa in 2006. He is currently Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where he teaches Gross Anatomy to Medical, Dental and other health professional students. Dr. Hoffmann is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and is known by his students as an innovator in medical and anatomical education. He conducts research in these fields and has recently published a report on use of 3D anatomy technology to transform a dissection laboratory.

Amy Braun
Product Management Director
Gale, a Cengage company

Amy Braun is the product management director responsible for building academic business and science products at Gale, a Cengage Company. Creating dynamic tools and content to help students succeed has been her mission since she began as a Gale editor 12 years ago. In her product director role, Amy is focused on sharing the power of the Gale Interactive line of products with STEM librarians and faculty, and finding ways to build more products customers love.