Virtual Microscopy - introductory workshop


Thursday 1st October 2009
Loxton Flexible Teaching Lab, Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Virtual Microscopy - Introductory workshop. (pdf)

SlideBox: Trypanosoma equiperdum in the blood

Workshop objectives
  • Hands on Virtual Microscopy experience.
  • How do I find my images?
  • How do I present my images?
  • How do I communicate with users (=students) using VM?
  • To generate an idea of what the system is capable of and how it can help me with my teaching objectives?
  • “Debugging” – this is the first time this system will be used at USyd by more than 3 people


Digital Slidebox v4.4 (Administrator Handbook) (pdf)

This manual provides all the information about this software, in most cases the software is self explanatory, nevertheless we found the manual quite useful and recommend any serious user to explore it.


10.00-10.10: Welcome by Jan Slapeta
Jan will introduce visitors from ICT, Sydney e-Learning, Medicine and Dentistry, and give an outline of the programme. (pdf)

10.10-10.40: Introduction by Ricky Connor from Sydney e-Learning (ITL)
Ricky will talk about using learning technology in the scaffolding of our learning and teaching. He will highlight the importance of careful planning when using e-Learning tools, so that the technology contributes to the outcomes we are trying to achieve, and does not simply perform ‘cool tricks’. He will start us thinking about Virtual Microscopy as a part of a ‘bigger picture’.

10.40-10.55: Introduction by Jan Slapeta
Jan will introduce the Virtual Microscopy software, giving an overview of the structure of Virtual Microscopy and what the system can do. He will cover the stages in using the technology, from selection and scanning of slides, to annotation, to presentation to students. Jan’s talk will provide the technical background to start using Virtual Microscopy.
Download Introduction by Jan Slapeta (pdf)

10.55-11.10: An example of the use of Virtual Microscopy by Mark Krockenberger
Mark will present one idea for how Virtual Microscopy could be used in teaching. In the Units of Study Principles of Disease and Veterinary Pathology, the students often work with microscopic slides, which are used to illustrate pathological processes. Mark will give an overview of how he will use Virtual Microscopy to address some learning outcomes in these Units of Study. He will talk about how he and his colleagues will support the processes of student learning while using Virtual Microscopy.

11.15-11.30: Morning tea
Coffee or tea will be provided.

11.30-12.30: Slide development
Participants will spend an hour gaining ‘hands on’ Virtual Microscopy experience. Each person can choose whether to work with their own images, or one of the Parasitology images that Jan will provide. With the help of Jan, Mark, Rick and ICT staff, we will work through image annotation and think about how the images might integrate with Units of Study. By the end of this session everyone should have one slide marked with some information for the students, and be starting to see what can be done with Virtual Microscopy.

12.30-1pm: Where to from here?
By this stage participants will be starting to formulate some ideas for how to use Virtual Microscopy and how it will integrate with their Units of Study. We are hoping two or three participants will share their ideas with the group. Virtual Microscopy is new to us all, so the more ideas the better!