Transformation of the anatomy class: two modern applications for use

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This study examines whether two anatomy applications (apps), “Complete Anatomy” (CA) by “3D4 Medical” and “Anatomy Next” (AN), when used in study process, can allow for support, strengthening of teaching and learning quality at the Department of Morphology from autumn 2020. To understand what are possibilities of both apps, we started with implementation of CA as a supplement to online lectures, practical classes and independent work for students with following attention to the use of AN. Both apps were reviewed by several anatomy tutors and students who have already tested them firsthand. After the registration the majority of the users were medical and dentistry students from the 1st or 2nd study year. In both apps are included 3D interactive atlas possibilities with provided systemical classification and descriptions of the anatomical structures. Visualization of the bones, muscles and their attachments, organs, blood vessels, nerves with course and branching allows the users to study course content. In CA and AN are available different manipulations and 360 navigation with high quality interactive, detailed 3D models. Both apps have a user-friendly interface. CA supports a lot of Latin terms and rich content for clinical courses. Registered users can get the access to more than 1500 video, cadavers dissections, microscopic models and courses from tutors. AN allows the users to practice and improve their knowledge and performance in rich materials of the head, neck and neuroanatomy, including bones of the skull, muscles of the facial expressions and topography. Students and tutors who used these apps more frequently indicated that they had learned or teached the material more comprehensively. Every app has some similar or different unique features which offer its own set of possibilities. CA and AN can serve as powerful digital supplements to transformation of the Anatomy class at the Department of Morphology.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2021
EventRSU Research week 2021: University Teaching and Learning - Rīga, Latvia
Duration: 24 Mar 202126 Mar 2021


ConferenceRSU Research week 2021: University Teaching and Learning
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Field of Science*

  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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