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Transforming the learning process

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In the user story entitled “The battle in your body,” I2P explored the usefulness of Dr. Erica Suchman’s 3D antibody model, showing how 3D printing can transform students’ learning experience.

But the transformation hasn’t stopped with Dr. Suchman’s class. Chris Geanious is an Instructional Designer working with the Learning Ecologies Provost Course Redesign Competition at The Institute for Learning and Teaching where he works with ten courses per semester to enhance or redesign their curriculum.

3D-printed lysosome and actin monomer models

3D-printed lysosome and actin monomer models

Most recently, Chris has worked with Dr. Paul Laybourn for his LIFE 210 cell biology course creating models of lysosome and actin monomers.

“When we began working together, Paul indicated that many of the structures and processes studied in his course were difficult to understand,” Chris said. “These models allow students to handle and manipulate these objects thereby gaining a better understanding of the underlying concepts and processes.”

While the models created by Suchman, Geanious, and Laybourn are certainly useful for students in particular biology classes, they represent a much bigger idea in which 3D printing and I2P are playing a key role. It’s the transformation of the learning process and a movement to redefine how students absorb information by taking a textbook image and turning it into a tangible tool.