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Pharmacy 2013, 1(2), 269-281; doi:10.3390/pharmacy1020269
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Exploring Just-in-Time Teaching 3D Development as a Tool for Enhancing Knowledge and Understanding

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Received: 28 October 2013; in revised form: 21 November 2013 / Accepted: 25 November 2013 / Published: 11 December 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Online Learning)
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Abstract: The integumentary system (skin) is the first line of defence in the body and part of the innate immune system. Within first year modules on Pharmaceutical Biology and Integrative Physiology in the Masters of Pharmacy degree at Robert Gordon University (RGU) several software tools were used to support both lecture and coursework material for the immune and integumentary systems. However, students had difficulty visualizing the various layers of the skin and how they become affected by different skin lesions. As a response to these identified learning difficulties, a just-in-time teaching 3-Dimensional elearning object was developed using free-to-use 3D CAD packages alongside common elearning software. The outcome was a virtualised human arm equipped to illustrate and label primary or secondary skin lesions whilst allowing spatial manipulation of the arm. This allowed students to manipulate and identify the specific skin layers involved. Evaluation of student engagement and learning was favourable, with students reflecting that they had a better understanding of the topic. Initial findings from this study highlight the benefits of quick, low-cost 3D production processes as just-in-time teaching elearning tools that have a positive impact on students’ performance.
Keywords: just-in-time teaching; 3D design; elearning; moodle; articulate; open source just-in-time teaching; 3D design; elearning; moodle; articulate; open source
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McFadyen, M.C.; Watson, E.W. Exploring Just-in-Time Teaching 3D Development as a Tool for Enhancing Knowledge and Understanding. Pharmacy 2013, 1, 269-281.

AMA Style

McFadyen MC, Watson EW. Exploring Just-in-Time Teaching 3D Development as a Tool for Enhancing Knowledge and Understanding. Pharmacy. 2013; 1(2):269-281.

Chicago/Turabian Style

McFadyen, Morag C.; Watson, Edward W. 2013. "Exploring Just-in-Time Teaching 3D Development as a Tool for Enhancing Knowledge and Understanding." Pharmacy 1, no. 2: 269-281.

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