ERIC Number: EJ1031336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Gross Anatomy Videos: Student Satisfaction, Usage, and Effect on Student Performance in a Condensed Curriculum
Topping, Daniel B.
Anatomical Sciences Education, v7 n4 p273-279 Jul-Aug 2014
Anatomy educators are being tasked with delivering the same quantity and quality of material in the face of fewer classroom and laboratory hours. As a result they have turned to computer-aided instruction (CAI) to supplement and augment curriculum delivery. Research on the satisfaction and use of anatomy videos, a form of CAI, on examination performance continues to grow. The purpose of this study was to describe the usage and effect on examination scores of a series of locally produced anatomy videos after an 11% curriculum reduction. First-year medical students (n = 40) were given access to the videos and the prior year's students (n = 40) were used as historical controls. There was no significant difference in demographics between the two groups. The survey response rate was 85% (n = 34) in the experimental group. The students found the videos to be highly satisfying (median = 5 on a five-point Likert scale, interquartile range = 1) and used them on average 1.55 times/week (SD ± 0.77). Availability of the videos did have a statistically significant effect (4% improvement) on the final laboratory examination (p = 0.039). This suggests that the videos were a well-received form of CAI that may be useful in bridging the gap created by a reduction in gross anatomy course contact hours.
Descriptors: Anatomy, Human Body, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Video Technology, Instructional Effectiveness, Medical Students, Student Surveys, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Student Attitudes, Likert Scales, College Science
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