BIOL 211-212 Anatomy and Physiology - Hiddinga

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This article describes how mobile computing, specifically tablets, was piloted in Prof. Jay Hiddinga's BIOL 211 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 212 Anatomy and Physiology II to transform teaching and learning.

Intended Audience

WSU instructors interested in past faculty experience with tablet devices in the classroom.

Summer 2013 iPad Pilot

Students in this course had access to an iPad tablet to use throughout the summer semester along with several apps selected by Dr. Hiddinga for use in class and in the field. The pilot was continued in future semesters.

How the iPads are Used in BIOL 211/212

Students in Dr. Hiddinga's BIOL 211/212 used their iPads more than they used their textbooks. According to Professor Hiddinga, virtual dissection of the human body brings in a level of understanding that a 2-dimensional diagram or finite picture in the textbook cannot describe. Seeing a highlighted part of the brain inside of a transparent brain tissue provides more information with a single view, than does several paragraphs that try to describe it. Being able to flow through a knee joint with stacked images provides more insight than does a picture, diagram, or text. The animations bring to life, and therefore describe the physiology, much better than does a textbook.

Dr. Hiddinga set this as his main objective:

  • Make learning more interactive and interesting for the students. The objective is to capture their attention through the applications and the animations, increasing understanding and generating desire for additional information.


Changes in the classroom

  • Students come to lectures wanting more information. Because the applications were engaging and caught the students' interest, they came to lecture more prepared and interested in more details regarding the subject.
  • Students and teachers have access to the most current information. The applications are frequently updated by professionals in the world of biology and updates are sent to the owners of the application. This keeps learning current and produces graduates with the most relevant information available.


  • Dr. Hiddinga sees the value of the iPads and changes in the classroom. He recommends continued use within the curriculum and plans to add assignments based on the applications and mobile quizzing.

iPad Applications Employed in BIOL 211/212

Professor Hiddinga used the following applications in his BIOL 211/212 iPad pilot:

  • Anatomy and Physiology Revealed
  • CT Sessions
  • Essential Skeleton 2
  • Heart Decide
  • Monster Anatomy Lite - Knee
  • Shoulder Decide
  • 3D Brain

Descriptions, pricing, and links to iTunes for each of these applications is available on the iPad Pilot Applications page.

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