Getting started guide for schools - instructors


Welcome to the BioDigital Human, the leading software platform for visualizing the human body in interactive 3D.

Use this guide to get your school's team workspace up and running and set your students up for success!


Step 1: Watch our platform overview video

Before you get started, we recommend watching our platform overview video, The Complete Guide to the BioDigital Human (see below). In this 13-minute video, you will learn how to integrate interactive 3D models into your learning materials in a few simple steps.

If you are interested in learning more, check out our other videos as well:

  • Intro to the BioDigital Human: This 4-video series teaches you the basics of the platform, including how to find, save, and publish 3D models.
  • Getting started with Human Studio: This 5-video series teaches you how to use the customization tools in Human Studio to create custom 3D models and quizzes tailored to your unique learning objectives.


Step 2: Customize your team's workspace

Upload your school's logo

If your institution has a logo, upload it in your team's settings to give My Library a personal touch for your team members.

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Create collections to organize your content

Even if you are not planning to add your own 3D models to My Library, we recommend creating collections—or custom folders—to help your students and/or other faculty keep their saved content organized later. Collections can be named by course, instructor, semester, anatomical system, or any combination thereof.

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To add a new collection to My Library, click the    Add a New Collection... icon next to "Team" in the left menu. (Step-by-steps instructions can also be found in Add a new collection to My Library.)

New collections are added to the bottom of your team's collection list under Team: All Models, but you can easily reorder them.

Note: Only team Administrators have permission to upload a logo and add and manage collections in My Library. If you need to be upgraded to the Administrator role, contact the sales specialist who originally set up your account.


Step 3: Invite members to your team

Now that your team's workspace has been set up, you are ready to invite your students and/or other faculty to join. You can invite members to your team from one of three places:

  • In the navigation bar at the top of most pages (homepage, Explore, My Library, Account, Team, and Settings).
  • On the Team page, which you can access by clicking on the   profile icon in the navigation bar and selecting Team.
  • On the My Library page under your team's logo. (This option will not appear if you did not add a logo above.)

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Roles and permissions

When you invite members to your team, you are asked to assign one of three roles to the users: Administrator, Creator, or Viewer.

For students, we recommend the Creator role if you would like them to have access to Human Studio, or the Viewer role if you prefer to retain control over the content stored in My Library.

Learn more about each role and the permissions it offers in About team member roles and permissions.

Removing team members

At the end of the semester or school year, you may need to remove students from your team to make room for your incoming class. This is easy to do on the Team page. For step-by-step instructions, see Remove members from my team.


Optional: Send your students their own getting started guide

If your students will be logging in to your team account, we recommend sending them the following getting started guide to get them up and running:

Getting started guide for schools - students

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Optional: Add 3D models to My Library

Depending on how you plan to use the BioDigital Human at your school, you may want to start adding 3D models to My Library for your students to reference during their studies.

If so, you will want to start on the Explore page (accessible from the top navigation menu on most pages in the app). Here you can browse our 3D model database by category (1), search by keyword (2), and use filters (3) to refine your search. Learn more in Find 3D models in Explore.

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Once you start finding 3D models you might want to use in your learning materials, save them to My Library so you can customize or publish them later:

  1. Hover over the model's tile in Explore and click the    Add to My Library button.
  2. Choose your model’s permission settings and, if applicable, the collection(s) in which you would like this model to appear.
  3. Click Save.

Learn more in Save a model to My Library.

Tip: Interested in making changes to your 3D model? In Human Studio, our robust authoring tools allow you to highlight key structures through paint colors and effects, add interactive labels, upload complementary images, build your own virtual tours, or turn your model into an interactive quiz.

To get started, look for the   Customize in Studio button on the model's preview tile in Explore or My Library, or in the top menu when you open your model.


Optional: Publish your 3D models

Are you interested in embedding an assortment of 3D models or quizzes into your learning management system (LMS)? Or maybe you would like to reference a 3D model during an in-person or virtual lecture? Whatever use case or application comes to mind, the BioDigital Human can likely support it.

Because our 3D models can be published—or exported—as either an embed code or a direct link (what's the difference?), they can be embedded into or linked to from virtually any digital resource.

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To publish a model for use outside the BioDigital Human, take these steps:

  1. Make sure you save it to My Library first.
  2. Take the steps documented in Publish a 3D model to copy an embed code or link.
  3. Paste the copied embed code or link into your LMS or learning materials.


Expand your knowledge

Now that you have learned the basics, dive deeper into our training resources and learn how to take advantage of everything the BioDigital Human has to offer.

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