Published on Thursday, December 11th, 2008
Professor Roger Vasas saw a learning opportunity when he noticed students consistently arriving 15 minutes early for his morning anatomy and physiology class. He created a PowerPoint slideshow of photos he had taken of students identifying muscles on dissected specimens, and he played it on the classroom’s flat screen monitor before class started.
The photos and soundtrack, including songs such as George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone,” caught the nursing and exercise science students’ attention. They began calling out the names of the muscles in the photos and even recognized their own specimens. Some students requested that the PowerPoints be posted to the Angel online academic platform, for further reference.
Capitalizing on his success, Professor Vasas created a second slideshow and is currently working on his third. “You have to look for every opportunity to engage students,” he said.