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Learning diagnostic imaging: The use of ICT in an Image-based distance education subject

Phillips, R., Scott, M. and Richardson, J.L. (2003) Learning diagnostic imaging: The use of ICT in an Image-based distance education subject. In: Apple University Consortium (AUC) Conference 2003: Digital Voyages, 28 September - 1 October 2003, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA

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This paper reports ongoing development research into ways that ICT can be used to enhance distance education materials in image-based subjects. The work has been focussed around a unit of study called Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, where Master 19s students learn to acquire, read and make diagnoses from radiographs and ultrasound images.

ICT was used in five ways in this work: digital interactive images in QTVR format; interactive self-tests implemented in Microsoft Word; submission of assignments through WebCT; asynchronous discussion of problems using WebCT; and a synchronous electronic whiteboard developed using the Macromedia Shockwave multi-user server.

A plan was developed to formatively evaluate each tool, and determine its usability and potential improvements. In the body of the paper, each tool is described, and evaluation evidence is discussed. Overall, the use of ICT was found to be effective for students. However, there is still scope for a number of improvements.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Teaching and Learning Centre
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