Sathyanarayana MC. Role of computer-based technology as an animal alternative – digital transformation in animal science and zoology curricular [abstract]. ALTEX. 2005;22 (Special Issue):20


Animal science and zoology teachers have to be prepared to expose students to the virtual laboratory, an innovative digital technology that transforms conventional animal dissections into multimedia learning. The students can perform dissections on screen as full virtual reality simulations with a very high degree of interactivity. In the present digital age, keyboard, mouse and interactive multimedia software packages on CD-ROM can no doubt not only supplement black board learning but also play a significant role in the conservation of animals in animal sciences. Further, computer-aided CD-ROM alternatives may aid the creativity of teachers and give them new perspectives. The practical advantages include financial savings, the wise use of resources and reduced environmental impact. The programmes allow quick access and can easily be used during a lecture or in a practical course. Creative utilisation of this technology can provide a highly effective learning/teaching aid. The process of developing something new or reforming something old, using creative methods to improve the curriculum design is an important process. The zoology practical curriculum has been changed by the Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu, South India at graduate (Bachelor of Science) and post-graduate (Master of Science) level. At post-graduate level, dissections involving the killing of frogs, calotes, rat and sharks have been substituted with the available CD-ROMS. In India, the attitude of teachers towards animals dissections is changed/changing. The responsibility lies with the planners of the curriculum and the teachers. Education is a challenge.

Link to journal: ALTEX - Alternatives to Animal Experimentation