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Human Anatomy Interactive Videodisc Now Available to CD-ROM Users

Magazine article Information Today

Human Anatomy Interactive Videodisc Now Available to CD-ROM Users

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Gold Standard Multimedia Inc. will release the much anticipated Human Anatomy CD-ROM for both Macintosh and Windows in early 1995. Students wishing to study gross anatomy outside of the laboratory and at their own pace will finally have the opportunity to do so.

Human Anatomy simulates traditional human dissection using over 9000 photographic images of actual cadavers in various stages of dissection. The images simulate the perspectives seen when performing dissections in the lab, and textual descriptions of the procedures lead the user step-by-step through the dissection process. An "assessment and feedback" mode enables students to review what they have seen and to test their comprehension in one of three methods. There are "flash cards" which randomly present images of a selected region; a "self-evaluation" which randomly presents multiple choice questions about a region, chapter, or structure type chosen by the student; and a "graded exam" which randomly chooses 50 images from a selected region. The computer logs student responses and gives feedback accordingly.

Originally, Human Anatomy was developed as a Macintosh-driven videodisc program which required two monitors. During the past year, Gold Standard Multimedia's product design team has been working to complete the CD-ROM version. …

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