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Cell Differentials

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Cell Differentials offers a visual dataset of white blood cells that gives students practice in developing strategies and techniques for the recognition of these blood cell types.

Over 100 different cell images are randomly presented with feedback on successful identification.

In traditional labs, the recognition of white blood cell types can be compromised by several factors. Developmental changes can make recognition difficult and some cell types exhibit similar features. Microscopy can be a very individualistic kind of experience in which opportunities for instructor comments are often limited to spot checks of student comprehension. Cell Differentials was developed as a wet lab preface to provide students with abundant real-time feedback and tools to evaluate their own learning progress.