Skin Anatomy: An Online Lesson Plan

Online classes are a popular option for students who want the flexibility they provide, and Visible Body is here to support instructors and students in the online classroom and beyond.

With Visible Body Courseware, you can engage online students with 3D visuals and interactive assignments. In this blog post, you’ll find a guide to teaching skin anatomy with Courseware, with activities and assignments perfect for the online classroom. 

At the end of this blog post, you’ll find instructions on how to add these materials to your Courseware course! Once this content is added to your course, you can customize it to fit your classroom and teaching style.

Lecture with style

Both asynchronous and synchronous online courses typically include a lecture component. Visible Body’s Tours feature was designed to be the ultimate lecture tool. A Tour is a series of connected saved Views—imagine a PowerPoint presentation where every slide is interactive. As you lecture, you can manipulate the model, add tags, and add drawings and notes to illustrate your points. 


Tour in VB Suite, part of Courseware

For an asynchronous course, you can record your lecture on your Mac or Windows computer. 

When teaching skin anatomy, skin microanatomy models will be your primary visual aid. VB Suite has two skin microanatomy models: one with light pigmentation and straight hair and one with dark pigmentation and curly hair. Each model shows the layers, glands, nerves, blood vessels, and other cells and structures that make up skin. 

Making a Tour is easy, but if you want to save more time, you can use one of Visible Body’s premade Tours as foundation! The Visible Body team has built a premade skin anatomy and variations Tour

Dive deeper with immersive assignments

Have you tried immersive assignments in Courseware yet? An immersive assignment is a sequence of activities, including instructions, 3D views, illustrations, animations, and quizzes. They create an “on the rails,” distraction-free online environment where students can move seamlessly through activities—perfect for keeping students engaged and on-task outside of a traditional classroom setting. 


Immersive assignment in Courseware

The Visible Body team has created three immersive assignments that cover skin anatomy: 

  • Layers of the skin
  • Skin cells, pigmentation, and touch receptors
  • Hair and skin glands

These assignments are ready to be dropped into a Courseware course! In these activities, students work through animations, histology slides, and interactive 3D models and are quizzed at the end of the assignment.  

Flashcard assignment

In addition to her role at Visible Body, customer engagement specialist Jenn Smulligan is currently teaching an asynchronous online A&P course. This assignment is an adaptation of her extra credit assignment that we’ve already talked about on the blog.


Flashcard in VB Suite, part of Courseware

For this assignment, your students will create a Flashcard Deck that covers skin microanatomy. By creating their own Deck, students can practice metacognition and also build a study tool for a future exam. 

Students’ Decks will contain at least 15 cards, and they should write their own prompts on the front side of the Flashcards—for example, “Which tissues make up the hypodermis?" Students can then use the automatic ID feature to tag the correct answer. 

Flashcard Decks are easily shareable, so your students can submit their completed Decks with a few clicks!

Add this lesson to your course

We’ve created a folder containing the Tour, immersive assignments, and Flashcard assignment in Courseware, complete with instructions for both students and instructors! 

If you don’t have access to Courseware yet, reach out to our team for a free instructor trial!

If you already have Courseware, follow these steps to add this folder to your course in Courseware: 

  1. Click on this link to add the lesson plan material to your Courseware account.
  2. In this new course, click on the Bulk Editing tool, select the relevant folder(s) and click Copy. Choose the destination course and folder and copy.
  3. Navigate to your existing course, where you will find the content you copied. Use the bulk editing tool to edit release and due dates and publish. If you have Canvas deep integration set up, deploy to Canvas.

Once this lesson content is copied to your account, you can customize it to fit your class’s unique needs!

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