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A “Second Life” for gross anatomy: Applications for multiuser virtual environments in teaching the anatomical sciences

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  • April Richardson,

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    1. Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, MN212 Chandler Medical Center, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536, USA
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  • Matthew Hazzard,

    1. Teaching and Academic Support Center (TASC), University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
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  • Sandra D. Challman,

    1. Curriculum Development Center, Dentistry Academic Affairs, College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
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  • Aaron M. Morgenstein,

    1. College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
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  • Jennifer K. Brueckner

    1. Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    2. Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, University of Louisville, School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky
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Abstract

This article describes the emerging role of educational multiuser virtual environments, specifically Second Life™, in anatomical sciences education. Virtual worlds promote inquiry-based learning and conceptual understanding, potentially making them applicable for teaching and learning gross anatomy. A short introduction to Second Life as an anatomical educational tool is provided, along with description of existing anatomy applications and future directions for this innovative teaching modality. Anat Sci Educ. © 2011 American Association of Anatomists.

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