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How can digitized samples increase the quality and consistency of educational resources?

Friederike Schneider

Friederike Schneider

Senior Project Manager at PreciPoint. Supports process optimization projects in laboratories throughout Germany.

Analog microscopes offer a unique user experience because many steps are done manually. However, there are some limitations in teaching, especially when it comes to providing students or trainees with the same quality of specimens or providing course material in a standardized way year after year for all. In contrast, the digital microscope and the virtual microscope offer some advantages.

How can every student receive the same quality of education?

Digital microscopy can be used to standardize the material of the course. Students are thus able to examine the same samples instead of working with samples on glass slides, which may differ to a greater or lesser extent. Thus, there are no more discrepancies in sample quality. Every student has the same learning opportunities and thus the same quality of education.

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How can digital samples increase quality in the classroom?

Completely capturing the specimen in digital form opens new processing possibilities. For example, it is much easier to compare sections, to measure precisely, and to view all levels of the specimen with infinite zoom without having to change objectives. To help you stay oriented, an overview image is available that shows you exactly where you are in the specimen. This allows the course to handle much more complex cases than usual.

How is collaboration and understanding fostered?

A digitized rehearsal allows students to work in groups and later discuss the results with the instructor, on-site or online. This collaborative learning paves the way to a deeper understanding of the lesson material and, in turn, better long-term learning. [1] In summary, digital rehearsals for teaching offer the following benefits:

  • Standardized course material and slides can be constructed more easily.
  • The exceedingly high image quality of the samples allows every detail to be seen.
  • Complex specimens can be shown and examined very impressively.
  • Information such as measurements, annotations and meta-data are stored in the sample.
  • Each student receives the same digital sample, instead of different variants.

So, with digital samples, every student gets the same opportunities and teaching materials. Group work, even on complex problems, becomes much easier and can be better remembered in the long term. Instructors can prepare their courses with much less effort. Once the course is created, it can be used repeatedly and expanded or improved each year.

[1] Oviedo, A. (2018, April 19). Retrieved from href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”no-follow noopener”>

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