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14. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: New Horizons in Teaching and Learning

22. - 24.04.2010, Wien, Österreich

Can you hear me now? - Activating the physiology learning experience using team projects and webconferencing


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  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Jeremy Wasser - A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas, USA

14. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: New Horizons in Teaching and Learning. Wien, Österreich, 22.-24.04.2010. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2010. Doc10grako9

doi: 10.3205/10grako09, urn:nbn:de:0183-10grako096

Published: November 18, 2010

© 2010 Wasser.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( You are free: to Share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work, provided the original author and source are credited.


The standard model for teaching physiology to both pre-medical and medical students is predicated on a strictly didactic, "stand-and deliver" approach in which the professor/teacher has the knowledge and "imparts" it to the students directly. The students' role in this is to listen and absorb-there is no active component to the learning process. We have developed an alternative approach as part of our physiology course for bioengineering students, one that requires the students to work together in teams and to actively participate in their own physiological education. I will report on our experience with this "device design team approach" as well as the latest addition to the model, the use of distance learning/webconferencing methods in conjunction with team design projects. The workshop will include a real-time demonstration of a Centra web conference learning session with participants from Texas.