Remote Instruction with 3D Digitization

The Smithsonian Institution Digitization Program Office recently released thousands of 3D models for free to use in any capacity. Models include a bust of Abraham Lincoln and a digital rendition of the massive Orbiter Space Shuttle.


What is 3D Digitization? 

The Smithsonian models follow a process called Photogrammetry where multiple (sometimes thousands) of pictures from different angles are stitched together to produce a 3d version of any object, that can be shared, repurposed and even 3D printed!  View an example of a digitized Stephen’s Hall here at Towson!

How can I use something like this in my course?

Extraordinary circumstances may lead us to find ways of delivering instruction remotely. Digital models may be the next best thing to the physical object. Millions of models are already available. Models can be accessed and manipulated using many devices including computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Sketchfab has millions of models readily available that can be easily linked or embedded into Blackboard. Examples include cameras, archaeological sites and small objects such as fossils.

Do you teach a video production course? Help your students become better acquainted with equipment such as the RED Digital Cinema Weapon Dragon 8K Camera.

Do you need your students to get a better understanding of the human brain? Have them record themselves explaining the anatomy of the brain to assess their understanding.

Researching ancient architecture? View millions of readily available models.

Any topic you are teaching has easy to use models already available.

Other Resources: – 3d models – 3d models – Smithsonian 3d models  – Faculty Academic Center of Excellence




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The SpecPhone: 3D Printing Technology for a Chemistry Course at TU

Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Akron published a lesson plan in 2015 to the Journal of Chemical Education that included production of a Spectrophotometer, an instrument used to measure the intensity of light. They were kind enough to provide the lesson plan which included a link to a downloadable object file that can be accessed for free and can be reproduced by anyone with a 3D printer. They called the file the “SpecPhone” because it can turn a regular smart phone in to a Spectrophotometer.   Continue Reading

2018 Cybersecurity Event

Kick off National Cybersecurity Awareness Month on October 2nd from 10 AM – 3 PM in West Village Commons Ballrooms A & B (4th floor) with the TU Office of Information Security (OTS), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the National Cybersecurity Alliance.

Join us for expert presentations, a vendor fair, refreshments, and giveaways—including a pair of Ravens tickets!

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