Workshop: Enhancing Pre-Clinical Anatomy and Physiology Education Through iPad Technology and Apps

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Workshop Time:  1:00 PM  (PDT) 


Rob Swatski, M.S.
Professor of Biology, Harrisburg Area Community College

Moderator: Edgar Chabolla
Executive Director, Academic and Instructional Innovation, Samuel Merritt University



This workshop will engage participants in using iPad technology and apps that allow students to better understand pre-clinical anatomy and physiology principles.


This workshop aims to empower educators by harnessing the potential of iPad technology and innovative apps to enhance their pre-clinical anatomy and physiology teaching. By leveraging the interactive features and intuitive interfaces offered by iPads, this workshop provides a hands-on experience for participants to explore practical strategies that improve students' comprehension and retention. Through interactive demonstrations, participants will gain insights into the various iPad apps for teaching pre-clinical anatomy and physiology. The workshop will cover drawing, animation, and video creation with Clips, enabling participants to discover how these tools can transform traditional teaching methods.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will learn to use several iPad apps and tools that actively engage students in their anatomy and physiology classroom.
  2. Participants will develop practical strategies for integrating iPad technology into their teaching practice.

Workshop Tags

iPad Basics, Specialty Apps, Art and Wellness

Required Participant Experience

Fundamental Awareness (basic knowledge)


Demonstration, Q&A

Required Devices

iPad, Apple Pencil

Required pre-installed apps

Apple Keynote, Pages, Clips, and iMotion

Presenter Biography

Rob Swatski is a Professor of Biology at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, where he has been teaching full-time since 2007. He teaches various biology courses, including Anatomy and Physiology and Ecology. Professor Swatski is an Apple Distinguished Educator and earned his Bachelor’s in Biology from Millersville University and a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology. Professor Swatski is the author and illustrator of the Apple Books series A-Plus Anatomy and has been teaching a blended Anatomy and Physiology I course integrated with iOS devices and apps since 2015. Outside of teaching, Professor Swatski enjoys running, writing, drawing, and tending to his ever-expanding backyard garden.