Anatomedia CD wins top ATOM award

Innovative: Pictured with their ATOM award, from left, Associate Professor Christopher Briggs, Ms Priscilla Barker,
Dr Ivica Grkovic, Dr Norm Eizenberg (co-authors, An@tomedia [TM]),
and Mr Brian Chau, Senior Systems Engineer at Macromedia, an ATOM award sponsor.

An educational CD ROM developed at the University of Melbourne has won the Best General Multimedia category at the 21st annual Australlian Teachers of Media (ATOM) awards.

The award-winning CD, An@tomedia: Thorax, provides students of anatomy at all levels - as well as medical and allied health practitioners - with a unique desktop-based way to learn about the anatomy of the upper trunk of the human body.

The CD is the product of innovative courseware design by the An@tomedia team in the University's Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and the Department of Teaching, Learning and Research Support (TeLaRS).

Thorax is one of nine CD ROMs in the An@tomedia series on human anatomy being developed over a I0-year period. It was among more than 700 entries across 32 categories competing in this year's ATOM awards, announced recently at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square. The ATOM awards celebrate the best of Australian film, television and multimedia products and are open to all students, industry practitioners, educational bodies and educational producers.

An@tomedia CDs provide a novel approach to learning about human anatomy by presenting it from multiple perspectives. The user can construct the body (via regions and systems) and deconstruct it (via dissection and imaging).

Content is both conceptual and practical, with opportunities to view. for example. images of serial dissection or review the anatomy relevant to cardiopulmonary resuscitation and a range of other training procedures.

Key features of the CD series includes detailed serial dissection of real human bodies, coloured overlays of structures, interactive text, images and clinical questions. All information is conveniently linked using an index and search engine for flexible learning.

An@tomedia has so far completed and launched CDs covering Back, Abdomen and Thorax and is putting a fourth, General Anatomy, through final testing for release in second semester.

Leading An@tomedia are Dr Norm Eizenberg, Associate Professor Christopher Briggs, Ms Priscilla Barker and Dr lvica Grkovic, who received the ATOM award on behalf of other members of the team in Anatomy and Cell Biology and TeLaRS.

For more information on An@tomedia CD series see: CDs in the series can be ordered from the University of Melbourne Bookshop website:



Vol. 12, No. 12, 14-28 July 2003