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The Learning Center for Interactive Technology

October 1993

The Learning Center (TLC) is a "hands-on" laboratory in which
current interactive multimedia systems and courseware are made
available to health professions educators, scientists, practi-
tioners, and biocommunications specialists. The facility_created
and operated by the Educational Technology Branch, Lister Hill
National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of
Medicine_affords visitors the opportunity to examine numerous
computer-based media systems and a wide selection of courseware
designs for health sciences education.

These designs include simulations, tutorials, visual databases,
computer-based tests, hypermedia, and expert systems. Among these
are programs developed at the NLM collaboratively with outside
experts, such as Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AI/RHEUM) and
the Computer-assisted Curriculum Delivery Systems (CCDS) pathology
videodisc series. The Center also has an Ethernet local area
network and several client-server applications which access
information over the Internet.

Hardware configurations include computer controlled videodisc
systems, CD-ROM, "write-once" optical disc, magneto-optical disk,
Compact Disc-Interactive, and Photo CD. User input options on
display include touch screen, mouse, bar code reader, keyboard,
light pen, and voice recognition. Both the hardware and courseware
collections are continuously updated to represent the state-of-the-
art in communication and learning technologies.

Visitors, in addition to exploring the technology at their own pace,
may engage TLC staff in discussions of technical and educational
features and other topics such as program source and cost. Center
staff also serve clientele by publishing technical reports,
conducting faculty development workshops, facilitating networking
among professionals with common interests, maintaining a database of
authoring tools, and engaging in research and development projects.

The Center also includes a model training facility equipped with
microcomputer/CD-ROM/videodisc stations, a custom-built network
linking instructor and students, and a video display projector. The
facility is used for workshops and other training needs, including
computer and communications skills training for National Library of
Medicine staff.

Visitors are encouraged to make appointments in advance. The
options listed below can be used for that purpose and for requesting
publications or other information.

Phone: (301) 496-0508 or
(301) 496-0807 (TTD auto-answering service)
FAX: (301) 480-3035
Write: Coordinator, TLC
LHNCBC, Bldg. 38A
National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, MD 20894

The following are a representative sample of more than 70
interactive programs available in The Learning Center:
Interactive Technology Sampler. The Sampler videodisc illustrates a
wide range of interactive designs and applications by providing
brief overviews of 20 TLC programs. These video vignettes provide
both a general introduction to interactive technology and a preview
of TLC programs. The disc is available on both PC and Macintosh
microcomputers and in a variety of interfaces (touch screen, bar
code, mouse, and remote control access).

Digital Anatomist Browser. The Browser is a knowledge-based client
server approach to structural information retrieval. The knowledge-
base organizes structural information about the brain around a well-
defined set of terminology and semantic relationships and
disseminates it in a multimedia format by means of a wide-area
information server accessible over the Internet.

The Digital Anatomist Browser is a Macintosh-based client of a
server computer located at the University of Washington, Seattle
Washington_digital images of the brain and text are transmitted from
Seattle over the Internet to The Learning Center_additional
supplementary three dimensional brain animations are displayed from
a videodisc.

A.D.A.M. Animated Dissection of Anatomy for Medicine is a detailed
multimedia reference of the human anatomy for the Macintosh and PC
running Windows. A.D.A.M. is a CD-ROM based program that consists
of twenty-two thousand anatomical illustrations of the complete male
and female anatomy. In addition to the illustrations, A.D.A.M.
utilizes libraries in the form of supplementary tools and devices,
written commentaries, animated simulations of surgeries, natural or
pathological processes, voice annotations, and digitally-compressed

A.D.A.M. includes several image libraries of serial cross sections
and radiologies such as MRI's. Instructors are able to enhance
anatomical drawings with supplementary images from these libraries.
In addition, A.D.A.M. provides hooks that enable instructors to
incorporate their own libraries of multimedia learning modules.
Dynamic Spine. Produced by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine, the Dynamic Spine is a multimedia, multi-disciplinary
tutorial using the axial skeleton and related soft tissue as a
central theme. The program is based on the Commodore Amiga 3000
series computer and uses a videodisc.
In addition to static images and text, The Dynamic Spine features
three-dimensional biomechanical animations of the vertebrae, video
sequences of selected manual medicine techniques, and simulations of
these techniques.

Unified Medical Language System_ (UMLS_). UMLS is a knowledge
resource consisting of the Metathesaurus_, the Semantic Network, and
the Information Sources Map. Together, these components facilitate
the retrieval and integration of information from a variety of
machine-readable sources, including descriptions of the biomedical
literature, clinical records, factual databanks, and medical
knowledge bases. The knowledge sources are released annually on CD-

Slice of Life VI. Slice of Life is a visual encyclopedia of more
than 38,500 still images drawn from selected areas of medicine,
nursing, dentistry, and allied health education. More than a dozen
medical subjects are included. It is a generic disc with the
potential for being integrated into customized programs for
alternative instructional purposes.

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