We Overhauled Our 'Intro to Human Anatomy Course' - MedCerts

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MedCerts has relaunched a new and improved HI1014: Intro to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology course to bring students lots of updates and improvements.

The course provides key information to students about the language of medicine, including abbreviations and pronunciation, and gives an overview of anatomy and physiology. Students will have a larger medical vocabulary after taking the course, and they’ll be better equipped to speak, write, and understand interactions in medical settings.

Intro to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology also introduces students to these systems within the body: integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular. Medical terminology they learn covers the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems, as well as sensory organs.

Watch our course sneak peak video here and read on for an overview of the reasoning behind the changes and a look at the updates.

Why MedCerts Is Revamping This Course

The HI1014 course initially relied on resources like instructor-led videos, lesson quizzes, and PDF documents. But MedCerts’ capabilities and access to technologies have significantly improved. We are now committed to offering fully immersive experiences, using advanced technologies like interactive 3D simulations, 2D and 3D skill-based interactivities, augmented reality (AR), and more.

We’ve updated the course so that it integrates these new technologies and aligns with our updated curriculum design standards, content quality standards, and programmatic objectives. We see major benefits for our medical field students when we can use cutting-edge engagement techniques with entertainment and more immersive, high-quality content. We’re also ensuring our courses incorporate the VARK method: learning that involves visual, auditory, reading, and kinesthetics.

Key Changes to the Course

The core changes to HI1014 ensure that students are getting a more interactive, innovative, and engaging experience. The course isn’t changing in length, so it’s still a total of six weeks.

Here are the key updates:

3D and Augmented Reality Integrations

Several 3D and AR immersive activities have been incorporated throughout the length of the course. These provide a deeper exploration of anatomy and an interactive assessment of comprehension.

Students will also use the new AR app for human anatomy and physiology, which shows them a 3D version of the human body’s internal structure, offering a more immersive experience that enhances learning. The app includes around 50 different simulations.

Shortened Instructor Videos

Instructor-led videos will be revised and edited to stay mostly under 10 minutes. These shorter videos support a short attention span so students can grasp concepts more effectively.

3D-Based Medical Terminology Segments

Medical terminology sessions will be transitioned from the instructor-led video format and instead be given through 2D and 3D engagement activities, including gamified assessments.

Learning Management System (LMS) Integration and Quiz Assessments

The new course brings in an enhanced LMS integration and interactive quiz assessments to help students evaluate and manage their learning and comprehension more effectively.

MedCerts’ Commitment to Better Student Experiences

The changes to HI1014 come as we want to provide more immersive, engaging experiences to students in our MedCerts programs. These interactive tools help them better understand the concepts being discussed, allow them to get familiar with the latest tools and technologies, and are more effective for today’s digital-focused audiences.

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Written by Dana Janssen
Chief Product Officer

Dana has over twenty (20) years’ experience in Allied Healthcare and Education, and currently serves as the Chief Product Officer for MedCerts where he is responsible for product vision and strategy, research, and development.

Dana joined MedCerts upon its founding in 2009, and has led the research, development, and production of the entire catalog of programs that have helped MedCerts transform the distance learning landscape. Leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and innovative instructional design practices, Dana and his team have pioneered the development of the MedCerts 12 Elements of eLearning. Each MedCerts program contains a proprietary blend of these engaging, interactive, and entertaining elements that effectively accommodate learners of all types. Dana is deeply in-tune with the needs of today’s healthcare employers and is an expert in careers and certifications related to allied health.

Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (BS) degree from Valparaiso University, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Davenport University. Dana is an avid sports fan and in his free time enjoys mountain biking, woodworking, knifemaking, and spending time with his family and pets.

Published on October 5, 2022


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