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Animated Teaching SOFTWAR

Tim Teyler tjt at neoucom.edu
Thu Jun 15 14:41:21 EST 1995


     Thank you for your interest in our animated teaching courseware.
We are pleased to announce the availability of two courses: the

         GRAPHIC BRAIN-NEUROPHYSIOLOGY
                   &
         ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY.

INTRODUCTION
    Many physiological functions change across time and space.
Examples include: the movement of ions across membranes, the renal
countercurrent exchanger, actin-myosin interactions, the conduction
of the action potential, and the cardiac cycle.  These dynamic events
are difficult to teach, and learn, using traditional means of
instruction.

    The GRAPHIC BRAIN-NEUROPHYSIOLOGY and ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY
supplement traditional instruction in neuroscience and organ
physiology, respectively, by presenting spatial and time-varying
material in a dynamic way.  The animated courseware is divided into
topical modules (chapters), each of which is a self-contained
teaching unit (playing time 10-15 min) and is suitable for use with
medical and paramedical students, beginning graduate students, and
advanced undergraduates.

    The GRAPHIC BRAIN-NEUROPHYSIOLOGY was authored by Tim Teyler, a
neurobiologist at NE Ohio College of Medicine. ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY
was authored by Don Watkins, a physiologist at George Washington Univ
School of Medicine.  Both were produced by Didactic Systems -
Electronic Publishers of Stow, Ohio.

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    The GRAPHIC BRAIN-NEUROPHYSIOLOGY,
         computer animated neuroscience software

    Designed as an adjunct to neuroscience courses in medical schools
and colleges, the GRAPHIC BRAIN - NEUROPHYSIOLOGY has been used both
in the classroom and by individual/small groups of students.  It is
particularly useful in teaching/learning about time- and space-
varying phenomena (ion flow across membranes, axonal conduction,
sensory transduction, muscle contraction, second messenger dynamics,
neural network operation, etc.).

    Each of the GRAPHIC BRAIN - NEUROPHYSIOLOGY modules is a self-
contained teaching unit.  Modules cover the following topics:

TABLE OF CONTENTS: lists the major topics in each module

NEURAL MEMBRANE: neuronal membrane & proteins, transmembrane
    diffusion, charge separation, ionophores
RESTING POTENTIAL: ionic basis of resting potential, ionic
    equilibrium potential, Nernst & Goldman equations
ACTION POTENTIAL: voltage gated ionophores, ion flux, propagation on
    unmyelinated/myelinated axons
NEUROMUSCULAR JUNCTION: postsynaptic potentials, mini EPPs, muscular
    contraction, sliding-filament hypothesis
SYNAPTIC TRANSMISSION: EPSPs, IPSPs, temporal/spatial integration,
    time/space constants
SYNAPTIC NEUROCHEMISTRY: ACh, NE, DA, 5-HT, glutamate and GABA
    biosynthesis; agonist/antagonist actions
PLASTICITY: glutamate receptor subtypes, NMDA receptors, Long-term
    Potentiation

DEVELOPMENT: proliferation, migration, differentiation, cell death

LIGAND & VOLTAGE GATED CHANNELS: mechanisms of action, examples: nACh
    receptor/channel & voltage dependent K+ channel
SECOND MESSENGER GATED CHANNELS: synaptic chemistry of second-
    messenger-gated channels, examples
G-PROTEIN MEDIATED POSTSYNAPTIC RESPONSES: synaptic chemistry of G-
    protein mediated channel gating, example
AUDITORY SENSATION: transduction, basilar membrane, hair cells,
    tonotopic organization
VISUAL SENSATION: transduction, retina, receptive fields, pathways,
    feature extraction
MECHANICAL/CHEMICAL SENSATION: somatic sensation, taste, olfaction,
    pathways, receptor-topy
REFLEXES: spinal reflexes, underlying circuitry, role of inhibition,
    muscle spindle

CEREBELLUM: circuitry, cell types, physiology

    Using the GRAPHIC BRAIN in the classroom, it has been our
experience that the same material can be covered in 3/4 of the time
it previously took -freeing time for other activities or topics.
This is due to the effectiveness of presenting time-varying topics
using animated graphics.  Students are quite enthusiastic about the
modules, finding them an efficient way to master difficult concepts
in neurophysiology.  Student comprehension of these concepts has
accordingly improved, as have test scores.

    The GRAPHIC BRAIN courseware is available for DOS, Windows and
newer Macintosh computers and is compatible with Local Area Networks
(LANs).  For more information or to request a demo diskette
containing exerpts of the GRAPHIC BRAIN and ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY,
please reply to this message.  Be sure to include a mailing address
and what version you would like (DOS, Windows, Mac).

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    ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY,
         computer animated organ physiology software

    ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY is a teaching aid for physiology.  Developed
by medical school faculty, ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY is suitable for use in
introducing physiology to medical students, beginning graduate
students, and advanced undergraduates.  ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY was
developed to assist in teaching time-varying physiological events
such as the movement of ions across the membrane, cardiac excitation
and contraction, hemodynamics, the countercurrent multiplier, etc.

    Each of the ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY modules is a self-contained
teaching unit.  Modules cover the following topics:

CARDIOVASCULAR
    capillary dynamics
    cardiac excitation
    cardiac cycle depicted with bar graphs
    cardiac cycle in real time
    cardiac cycle in detail
    hemodynamics
    laminar flow in vessels
    flow in parallel and series vessels
KIDNEY
    anatomy
    filtration, reabsorption, secretion
    clearance
    water excretion & clearance
    concentration - heat model
    concentration locus - short version
    concentration locus - long version
NERVOUS SYSTEM
    action potential
    membrane
    neuromuscular junction & muscle
    resting potential
    synaptic transmission
PULMONARY SYSTEM
    respiratory mechanics

    ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY courseware is available for DOS, Windows and
newer Macintosh computers and is compatible with Local Area Networks
(LANs).  For more information or to request a demo diskette
containing exerpts of ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY and the GRAPHIC BRAIN (a
companion animation on neurobiology), please reply to this message
(tjt at neoucom.edu).  Be sure to include a mailing address and what
version you would like (DOS, Windows, Mac).

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AVAILABILITY & USE
    The courseware is available for DOS, Windows and power Macintosh
computers.  In the classroom it can be projected onto a screen or
routed through television monitors.  Individual or small groups of
students can use the courseware on personal computers in the
library/media center to review topics presented in the classroom or
textbook.  Using animated courseware improves student comprehension
while requiring less classroom instruction.

DEMO DISK AVAILABLE
    If you would like to try ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY or the GRAPHIC
BRAIN-NEUROPHYSIOLOGY in your own setting, we can mail a DEMO disk to
you upon request (electronic file transfer is not available at this
time).  The DEMO disk contains excerpts from a number of the modules
(chapters) and will give you a good idea of the approach we have
taken in teaching physiology through animated computer graphics.

    The full ANIMATED PHYSIOLOGY or GRAPHIC BRAIN-NEUROPHYSIOLOGY
each require about 30 Mbytes of hard disk space.  Both courses are
available in DOS, Windows, and Macintosh versions.  Each is available
for an institutional 5-site LAN (for $350, additional sites cost $50
each) or for single installations (for $100).  Purchase orders are
accepted.

    If you wish to request a DEMO diskette, purchase either course,
or simply wish to remain on our mailing list, please respond to this
message (tjt at neoucom.edu) or write to:

    Didactic Systems
    ELECTRONIC PUBLISHERS
    2756 Hartwood Circle
    Stow, Ohio 44224 USA
    tel(216)673-4066

    If requesting a DEMO disk, be sure to enclose your full postal
address and indicate which format you prefer (DOS, Windows or
Macintosh).

    Thank you for your interest........Tim Teyler, Didactic Systems



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