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

Coming Soon to a Big Screen near You

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

Coming Soon to a Big Screen near You

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Dr. Andrew Payer, of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, takes an active interest in interactive instruction.

In one project, he works with NASA's Johnson Space Center to create the first 'virtual reality' model of the skull. In another, Dr. Payer is helping implement the three-beam projection system for anatomy lecture--one that will put A.D.A.M. in front of 200 freshmen students at the same time.

"You can project A.D.A.M. as big as I am," says Dr. Payer, "and the quality is excellent. I was really impressed with the quality of the imaging--and so was the audience."

For the coming semester, multiple sites will be equipped with 15' x 15' projection screens linked to Macintosh computers on portable platforms. Every movement on the Mac monitors will be captured for easy viewing from any seat in the spacious lecture rooms.

"A.D.A.M.'s use in the lecture hall is self-evident," , says Dr. Payer. "It provides the faculty member with immediate access to a lot of imaging...plus when a student has a question, it may involve imaging not available in a slide collection. With A.D.A.M., the view can be brought up quickly--and modified."

Yet, however imposing A.D.A.M. illustrations of the anatomy are on the big screen, Dr. Payer's vision of interactive learning in the future is bigger still.

"I see A.D.A.M. as an entry way for medical informatics, linked to the outside world, in touch with a network of new media such as hypertext of anatomical guides, videodiscs of surgeries, QuickTime[TM] movies of procedures, even 3D virtual reality explorations. …

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