Academic Applications

The Dell Hand Instructional Series

presents a series of 1-3hr videos centered around The Dell Hand Model, the relationship between the sensory and motor cortices and the hand, intrinsic and extrinsic hand anatomy, hand biomechanics, kinesiology, and pathomechanics as well as the fascinating role the hand plays in psychosocial interaction. All designed to be a practical adjunct to throughout the continuum of the graduate student learning experience.

A Kinesthetic 3-1 Teaching Model

The Dell Hand

3 students; 1 model


black microphone with black background


close up phography of a grey iphone xi


The Dell Hand offers the opportunity for students to participate in an indelible learning experience. One drawer, one narrator, one videographer. These three distinct and effective methods of adult learning can be conducted using a single model of The Dell Hand. It is suggested that the students participate in two, 3 hour, learning modules. Module 1: a 1-3 hour anatomical instructional session. Module 2: a 1-3 hour practical testing session.

In an effort to limit cost and maximize student learning experience, we recommend dividing total class size into small groups, with 3 students to 1 Dell Hand. Based on class size, the total number of small groups needed will vary. We recommend completing these modules in sequential order beginning with the 3 hour anatomical instructional session and concluding with the practical testing session. Based on class size, Module 1, anatomical instructional sessions may occur in 3 hour blocks on the same day or different days. The same is recommended for Module 2 practical testing sessions.

Incorporation of the Dell Hand into the graduate curriculum may look different based on class schedule and professor preference. Whatever the scenario, the Dell Hand is ideal adjunct to the unique principles and concepts taught in the following graduate classes:

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Anatomy and Biomechanics

Neuroscience of Human Occupation  

Functional Kinesiology

Psychosocial Intervention


The Dell Hand Instructional Series provides a series of anatomically and clinically-based, independently directed instructional modules, easily lead by a post-graduate teaching assistant or faculty member. If integrated into the suggested graduate classes noted above, the student would have the opportunity to incorporate the 3-1 Kinesthetic Teaching Model throughout the continuum of the occupational therapy curriculum. The Dell Hand Instructional Series could easily help the student log six hours of structured kinesthetic learning per area of study: Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Anatomy and Biomechanics, Neuroscience of Human Occupation, Functional Kinesiology, Psychosocial Intervention, and Pathophysiology–A cumulative adjunct of thirty-six hours of structured kinesthetic learning via the integration of The Dell Hand and Instructional Series.

The end result: students direct their own kinesthetic learning experience by drawing, narrating, and video/audio recording their own Dell Hand session. Each student will acquire their own individual, collaborative, permanent resource and experience. Incorporate The Dell Hand into your classroom today!

Sample: Organizational Scenario

Sample Class Size

45 students

# Dell Hands Needed

5 models

1- 3hr Sessions

(15 students/session)

Module 1
Module 2
Session 1
(Monday 8-11am)
5 small groups of 3 students
Session 1
(Friday 8-11am)
5 small groups of 3 students
Session 2
(Monday 11-2pm)
5 small groups of 3 students
Session 2
(Friday 11-2pm)
5 small groups of 3 students
Session 3
(Monday 2-5pm)
5 small groups of 3 students
Session 3
(Friday 2-5pm)
5 small groups of 3 students

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