Breakout Session

When to Touch is to Learn, Turn to 3D Printing

Track: Learning, Teaching and Library

Breakout Session VII
Fri 12;00 pm – 12;55 pm

3D printing makes digital learning objects real for blind and vision-impaired students. Learn how 3D printers make tactile STEM learning objects incorporating Braille and audio.

Michael Kolitsky
Online Professor
University of Texas at El Paso

Bio / Expertise
I have been producing 3D prints in the STEM disciplines for the past year designed for use as tactile learning objects by blind or vision-impaired students and also sighted students who prefer a tactile method of learning. I have been retired for about 10 years but teach online a Histology course as well as an Anatomy and Physiology I lecture and lab course for the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). I also teach an online Human Body lecture and lab course for Atlantic Cape Community College. I am an experienced teacher having been awarded the University of Texas Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994 while at UTEP A more detailed cv can be found at