Areas of Interest
Modern technologies play an increasingly important role in teaching the biomedical sciences to today’s generation of students. For many years our department has been at the forefront of adopting and developing novel and exciting teaching resources. However, are these new technologies really effective in educating tomorrow’s scientists and health care professionals? How can we use these new teaching modalities to help our students learn better and gain a deeper understanding of the expanding volume of scientific knowledge? My current research program is investigating how modern electronic teaching resources are used by students and what impact they have on students’ learning success. In addition, I am developing effective new electronic teaching resources. My most popular learning tool is a series of mobile applications called SecondLook™ (http://secondlook.med.umich.edu). It represents a self-review instrument that helps students to evaluate their proficiency before taking quizzes or examinations. The SecondLook™ resource allows students to use their study time more effectively as it directs their learning efforts towards gaps in their knowledge and skill sets.
Associated Grad Programs
Cell & Developmental Biology
- Stanford University and University of California-Berkeley, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1987-91
- University of Heidelberg, Germany, Ph.D., 1987
- Free University of Berlin, Germany, Diplom, 1983
Published Articles or Reviews
L. Bringman-Rodenbarger, and M. Hortsch: How students choose E-learning resources: The importance of ease, familiarity, and convenience. FASEB BioAdv. Vol. 2 (5), 286-295, 2020.
M. Hortsch: The Road Taken – Changing One’s Professional Focus at a Large Research University. Dev. Biol. 459 (1): 39-42, 2020.
M. Hortsch: How to Make Educational Lemonade Out of a Didactic Lemon: The Benefits of Listening to Your Students. Anat. Sci. Educ. Vol. 12 (5), 572-576, 2019.
L. Lee, H. Goldman, and M. Hortsch: The Virtual Microscopy Database – Sharing Digital Microscope Images for Research and Education. Anat. Sci. Educ. Vol. 11 (5), 510-515, 2018.
A.H. Zureick, J. Burk-Rafel, J. Purkiss, and M. Hortsch: The Interrupted Learner – How Distractions During Live and Video Lectures Influence Learning Outcomes. Anat. Sci. Educ. Vol. 11 (4), 366-376, 2018.
N.B. Zaidi, C. Hwang, S. Scott, S. Stallard, J. Purkiss, and M. Hortsch: Climbing Bloom’s Taxonomy Pyramid – Lessons from a Graduate Histology Course. Anat. Sci. Educ. Vol. 10 (5), 456-464, 2017.
M. Hortsch: Taking a SecondLook™ at a Time-Efficient Self-Review Resource. Med. Sci. Educ., Vol. 26 (1), 3-4, 2016.
- S.C. Kempf, M. Hortsch and D.K. MacCallum: Don MacCallum’s Michigan Histology – Volumes 1 to 4. Published as a series of eBooks at the iTunes Store, 2nd edition, Dec 2017: http://www.med.umich.edu/lrc/dmmh/
- Self evaluation mobile applications: “Michigan Histology – A SecondLook™ Series”. Release of version 2.0 at the Apple iTunes Store July 13, 2015: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ct-histology/id1008362631?mt=8 and Android version at the Google Play Store August 13, 2015: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.umich.cthistology&hl=en
- Neuroanatomy self evaluation mobile application: “Michigan Neuroanatomy – A SecondLook™ Series”, co-authored with Kelli Sullivan and Chelsea M. Cummiford. Release of version 1.0 at the AppleiTunes Store May 12, 2016: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/neuroanatomy-secondlook/id1110133663?mt=8 and Android version 10.0 at Google Play Store May 12, 2016: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.umich.mobile.slneuroanat&hl=en
- Musculoskeletal Anatomy self-evaluation mobile application: “Muskuloskeletal Anatomy – A SecondLook™ Series”, co-authored with John Stribley and Virginia Sheffield. Release of version 1.0 at the Apple iTunes Store July 11, 2016: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/msk-anatomy-secondlook/id1132138878?mt=8 (link is external) and Android version 10.0 at Google Play Store July 11, 2016: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.umich.musculoskeletallite&hl=en