Visible Body Course Development
Following my development of seven virtual labs for the company Visible Body, I was tasked by them to develop a sample two semester course for them to show other instructors as an example of how their materials would be used in a course. Following delivery of the first semester of the course, this changed, Visible Body decided they wanted me to develop a two-semester course for distribution citing that they loved my fun and innovative approach.
First, I created modules using their assets and several open source materials. These have quizzes (a mix of short answer, multiple choice, and virtual dissection) at the end of them to assess student learning. I added in several labs of my own creation. These were originally accompanied by my power points lectures, however there are issues with instructor powerpoints 1) they are pretty impossible for anyone else to use 2) we as instructors have a nasty habit of 'borrowing' copyrighted images from other sources. While discussing whether or not to adapt the lectures to be solely made with visible body resources, I informed them that I have never once used the slides that a publisher provided. In fact, I have always found those slides useless. We were at a loss for what to do. Then it came to me-- what about guided notes? Following a sample unit, we immediately they agreed that this was an excellent solution. The end result is a 2-semester course that has been distributed to (as of September 2018) over 50 institutions including Harvard.