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Online dissection audio-visual resources for human anatomy: undergraduate medical students’ usage and learning outcomes


Choi-Lundberg, DL and Cuellar, WA and Williams, A-MM, Online dissection audio-visual resources for human anatomy: undergraduate medical students' usage and learning outcomes, Anatomical Sciences Education, 9, (6) pp. 545-554. ISSN 1935-9772 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 American Association of Anatomists

DOI: doi:10.1002/ase.1607


In an attempt to improve undergraduate medical student preparation for and learning from dissection sessions, dissection audio-visual resources (DAVR) were developed. Data from e-learning management systems indicated DAVR were accessed by 28% ± 10 (mean ± SD for nine DAVR across three years) of students prior to the corresponding dissection sessions, representing at most 58% ± 20 of assigned dissectors. Approximately 50% of students accessed all available DAVR by the end of semester, while 10% accessed none. Ninety percent of survey respondents (response rate 58%) generally agreed that DAVR improved their preparation for and learning from dissection when used. Of several learning resources, only DAVR usage had a significant positive correlation (P = 0.002) with feeling prepared for dissection. Results on cadaveric anatomy practical examination questions in year 2 (Y2) and year 3 (Y3) cohorts were 3.9% (P < 0.001, effect size d = −0.32) and 0.3% lower, respectively, with DAVR available compared to previous years. However, there were positive correlations between students’ cadaveric anatomy question scores with the number and total time of DAVR viewed (Y2, r = 0.171, 0.090, P = 0.002, n.s., respectively; and Y3, r = 0.257, 0.253, both P < 0.001). Students accessing all DAVR scored 7.2% and 11.8% higher than those accessing none (Y2, P = 0.015, d = 0.48; and Y3, P = 0.005, d = 0.77, respectively). Further development and promotion of DAVR are needed to improve engagement and learning outcomes of more students.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:undergraduate medical education, medical student, computers in anatomical education, multimedia, anatomical sciences education, dissection, e-learning, human gross anatomy, cognitive load, action research, instructional design, learning analytics
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Choi-Lundberg, DL (Dr Derek Choi-Lundberg)
UTAS Author:Cuellar, WA (Dr William Cuellar)
UTAS Author:Williams, A-MM (Dr Anne-Marie Williams)
ID Code:107829
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-03-30
Last Modified:2018-03-06

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