The purpose of this thesis was to develop an interactive educational tool about Arthritis for medical students at the University of Rochester School of Medicine (URMC). This consisted of an online tutorial that students can access at anytime on the web, containing all lecture material and supplemented by illustrations and animations on the subject. These audiovisual aids aim to engage the student in a study session where he/she can study the material and evaluate their progress in a direct self-paced manner during lecture or later during study sessions for future referencing. This website tutorial was designed using Macromedia Flash 8 with interactive elements such as: the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis (OA) interactive joint buttons, OA X-ray, RA animation, RA quiz; as well as static illustrations highlighting key points from the text. Review of the finalized interactive website tutorial by URMC professor and thesis advisor Scott Tripler, MD, revealed that, with some more added content, the use of this tutorial would be advantageous for both the educator and the student as it further assists in teaching the course topics more in depth.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Arthritis--Study and teaching--Interactive multimedia--Design

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Perkins, James

Advisor/Committee Member

Tripler, Scott


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: RC933 .S36 2012


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