FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | VOL. Suppl 36 1
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Minigames for Teaching the Cardiovascular System to Students of Human Anatomy.

Publication Date May 1, 2022

Abstract

We are building a series of cell-phone based minigames as a new approach to teaching cardiovascular concepts. The minigames belong to the first iteration of our intelligent textbook, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Anatomy Map (CRAM). They are part of a larger suite of games under a common umbrella that teach students the key concepts in human anatomy. Playing games engages student interest and enables students to learn at a lower stress level. Our goal is to enable students to master this material without getting distracted by different but related concepts in the cardiovascular system. The purpose of this game is to demonstrate that oxygenated and deoxygenated blood flow patterns in the pulmonary circuit are different than in the systemic circuit. We ask students to learn the names of the arteries and veins that supply and drain the heart and lungs. In the first stage of the game, students just need to identify correctly which vessels contain oxygenated and deoxygenated blood and the direction of blood flow. Students run this game on a cell phone or laptop. The screen shows the main organs involved in this process, namely the heart, the two lungs (one on each side of the screen), and a stick-figure representation of the body. The organs are connected by the great vessels that transport blood to and from the heart and lungs. Students click on the arrows representing the vessels and color them red or blue. When they color a vessel incorrectly, the system responds with information to correct their misconception. For example, i...

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Direction Of Blood Flow Take-home Messages Pulmonary Arteries Lower Stress Level Human Anatomy Rote Memorization Great Vessels Pulmonary Circuit Related Concepts Students Of Anatomy

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