Medical Schools Take Learning Online with Biolucida During COVID-19

Biolucida for Medical Education is a learning platform that serves high resolution microscope slides to students without the need for a physical microscope.

As universities around the world move to online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, educators suddenly need to find ways to create authentic learning experiences for their students. Biolucida for Medical Education creates that experience by giving students studying at home the same experience they would have in a lecture hall or sitting at a microscope.

At the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, one of Europe’s most esteemed medical schools, Professor Christoph Schmitz teaches students neuroanatomy of the brain. Normally, Prof. Schmitz uses an on-site virtual microscope system to showcase histological slides that contain relevant brain regions. But when the Bavaria senate closed universities due to COVID-19, his department had to figure out a plan for the upcoming semester.

With the help of MBF Bioscience, Prof. Schmitz was able to move his collection of 3D brain sections off campus and to the cloud, giving him the ability to teach his classes online using Zoom for audio, and using Biolucida to share his slides with the 460 students enrolled in his class — nearly half of whom connect remotely from places as far away as Chile, Taiwan, and the United States.

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