Virtual Learning of the Digestive System: An Experience Developing an Undergraduate Course


Using modern information and communication technology associated with distance education, we set out to produce an e-learning course to improve students’ understanding of the digestive system in an inter-disciplinary manner. To achieve this, we implemented a novel undergraduate teaching project in classes at the Faculties of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of the National University of Rio Cuarto, and Medical Sciences of the National University of Cordoba. In the context of other groups’ experiences we report our development of an undergraduate e-learning course, covering embryology, histology and cell biology in an integrated thematic unit.

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Avila, R. , Juri, H. , Samar, M. , Mugnaini, M. , Soñez, C. and Anderson, W. (2013) Virtual Learning of the Digestive System: An Experience Developing an Undergraduate Course. Creative Education, 4, 18-20. doi: 10.4236/ce.2013.410A003.

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