Slice is used for the creation of practical exercises and quizzes that are used in the teaching of histopathology in the Medicine and Medical Sciences Programs. The collaborative annotation tool has been created to facilitate real time interaction with digital slides amongst students, and between students and teachers. This tool also allows students to retain a record of their work, which can be accessed via a URL, rather than creating a WORD document. Using images from SLICE, together with the menu of possibilities for lesson creation offered through the Smart Sparrow platform, quizzes can be designed either as stand alone assessment tools, or as interactive activities that provide real time feedback.
There are many capabilities on the SLICE platform that can be exploited, however, its primary drawback is that its use is not intuitive. However, with some initial guidance, it opens up many possibilities for learning. Further development of the SLICE capability? If elements of an audience response system could be incorporated into the facility, this would take the tool to another level of interactivity.
Here is a figure illustrating a question from a quiz created using SLICE and the Smart Sparrow lesson creation platform: