Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

One New Medium, Well Done

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

One New Medium, Well Done

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"A.D.A.M. is something that students are going to become more and more dependent on."

"Back when I learned anatomy, I couldn't have conceived of something like A.D.A.M. I mean, this is a sort of fantasy thing."

That's how Art English describes the difference a multimedia solution like A.D.A.M. might have made on his medical education. Now teaching anatomy and cell biology at Emory University, Professor English believes today's competitive forces demand that medical schools invest in new technology.

"If I portrayed myself as a student today and didn't have something like A.D.A.M., I would feel as though the curriculum wasn't state-of-the-art. It's not only that A.D.A.M. is aesthetically attractive and high-tech...it's something that students are going to become more and more dependent on.

"I think it's not so much a question of A.D.A.M. making a difference; it's that students will view not having A.D.A.M. as being a deficiency."

The way Professor English will be using A.D.A.M. Author[TM] is a good example of what the future holds. He sees Author as a powerful creative medium in which to package and deliver an array of interactive text and graphics.

"All of my existing teaching materials, course schedule, objectives, sample questions and study guides--everything that is part of a student's syllabus bundle--will be incorporated into the A.D.A.M. shell. A.D.A.M., in effect, will become formally incorporated into the course, starting with the syllabus."

And that's just the beginning. …

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