…as a teacher (as well as an RN), it makes my day to be teaching with the models now. I know my students are really learning anatomy by building in clay both in my live classes and my distance learning interactive television classes. I cannot imagine learning anatomy and physiology without the models!

Valerie Heuchert, RN, Health Careers Instructor, North Valley Career and Technical Center, Grafton, ND

Clay modeling opens up “little window” to reveal broad perspective at CSU CANIKEN® Workshop

Posted by: ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System | Posted on: January 30th, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Students engaged in two full days of hands-on clay building of canine anatomy onto our CANIKEN® Models during a workshop lead by student Robyn O’Kane January 14 and 15.

Although anatomy coursework is sometimes approached with apprehension due to the amount of memorization required, as well as frequent ethical concerns, students at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine embraced the ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System with excitement and an eagerness to get involved.

Robyn pointed out that while traditional dissection allows for a visceral experience that includes the peeling away of fascial planes and the viewing of actual muscle fibers, she likened it to just a “little window into anatomy.” She passionately shared, “With the clay building, you gain a broader perspective and are able to observe the origin and insertion of muscles, as well as follow the pathways of nerves and blood vessels.”

Student Katherine Alley remarked, “I think building in clay is very beneficial because it is easier to see all the muscles and appreciate their shapes and relation to each other.”

Another student, Rachel Wanty offered the idea of learning separate body systems in small groups as a method for approaching the vast amount of information, then presenting to the larger group. She believes this type of team instruction model could also serve to strengthen interpersonal skills because, she emphasized, “in the field of veterinary medicine, communication is crucial!”

If you have attended or instructed one of our workshops, or currently use the system in your classroom, what are your tips for teaching multiple body systems?

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