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Innovative teaching and learning

Providing staff and students enhanced teaching, learning and assessment opportunities.

The experience of our students at the University of Edinburgh relies heavily on the quality of teaching and the flexibility of learning. When you come to Edinburgh, you expect your time here to be a stepping stone to your future career and success. That’s why we set up the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS).

It is only because of alumni donations that PTAS is able to continue supporting staff and students in their learning and teaching ventures. The awards aim to encourage and support activities that will make a significant contribution to the enhancement of learning and teaching at the University, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. New practice in teaching can be explored through the PTAS and your gift today will help ensure Edinburgh continues to be at the forefront of providing innovative experiences for students.

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Where art meets science: development and evaluation of innovative 3D models for undergraduate education

Julie Dickson shows students a 3D printed model of a left canine knee joint.
You may think Veterinary Medicine and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) students have little in common. But through the Principal’s Teaching Awards Scheme (PTAS) the students were brought together by an innovative project.

Veterinary Medicine students are required to develop a deep understanding of tissue and organ structure and function. As soon as they graduate, they are expected to be able to carry out basic surgical procedures.

A major challenge is linking theory from text books to practice. Students need support in developing spatial understanding of anatomical structures whilst the University keeps in mind the obvious important ethical issues. And this is where ECA students came in to help.

By working alongside veterinary students, ECA students developed three-dimensional (3D) digital images and 3D printed models for their studies. The 3D prints were generated from computerised tomography (CT) scans of animal body parts such as teeth, long bones, spleens and kidneys.

Veterinary clinicians such as Julie Dickson have used these models for small group teaching:

"Students enjoy using the printed models during tutorials and studying the complex 3D images of anatomy on the computer. It provides students with a rich and positive educational experience that is only possible with this funding."

This fantastic example of collaboration across the university, with improvements to learning and teaching, is all thanks to the support of people like you.

Image: Julie shows students a 3D printed model of a left canine knee joint. Credit: Norrie Russell