an@tomedia

A New Approach TO Medical Education: Developments In Anatomy

 

 

EVALUATION

Below are the results of a one-hour evaluation performed in 1998 by 132 first year medical students at the University of Melbourne during testing of the back module, as well as feedback from 8 independent content experts. Highlights were indicated as the quality of images and graphics, the layering of images and ability to highlight structures.

The major 'criticism' was that the program is not yet available for the other seven modules! There was no criticism of the content. 92% of students agreed that the project is worthy of continuation, with 80% strongly agreeing. The content experts agreed to strongly agreed that they would use an@tomedia™ in their teaching and strongly agreed they would recommend it for student learning.

1st year medical student Evaluation of an@tomedia™

Question Presentation and navigation Mean (1-5)
1
2
3
images and graphics were of high quality
the text was concise
the design of Anatomedia is aesthetically pleasing
4.7
4.3
4.4
 

 

Content

 
4
5
6
7
Generally the content was logically organised
Anatomedia complements the anatomy teaching program
Concepts were addressed and well explained
The content on the back was comprehensive
4.3
4.5
4.2
4.3
 

 

While using Anatomedia:

 
8
9
10
It helped me understand anatomy
I found the ability to highlight structures in images valuable
I found the layering of images valuable
4.2
4.5
4.6
 

 

Overall, I found Anatomedia to be:

 
11
12
13
interesting and enjoyable
valuable
worthy of extension to develop new modules
4.3
4.4
4.7

Strongly Disagree=1 Disagree=2 Neutral=3 Agree=4 Strongly Agree=5

Selected comments from 1st year medical students

What was the best feature of this multimedia program?

  • Anatomical content was superb. Images (dissection, imaging etc.) were beautiful.
  • The Images and dissections. Explanations are very clear and highly comprehensive.
  • Looks cool ... not too overbearing like a Last's yet not as simpleton as a Snell.
  • Love the clinical relevance and concise exam style questions. Well done.
  • Never seen so much good, solid, RELEVANT radiology before.
  • It was simple yet complex. The diagrams to help answer the questions were fantastic and very helpful (helps you understand ) It was a combination of an atlas and text book which is fantastic. It saves you having to flip.

What was the worst feature of this multimedia program?

  • The fact this is not yet available for pelvis, abdomen, upper limb, lower limb, thorax, neck and head.
  • The exit button :-)

What suggestions do you have to improve the program?

  • Can't wait to see the rest of it!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I'm just looking forward to the other modules!
  • I found Anatomedia much more engaging than a text book.
  • It's the best CD-rom i've ever seen. Better the Encyclopedia Britanica. I'm serious.

Independent Expert Evaluation of An@tomedia™

Reviewers included 8 Professors of Anatomy, Surgery and Education from the USA, UK and Australia.

Question Presentation and navigation Mean (1-5)
1
2
3
images and graphics were of high quality
the text was concise
the design of Anatomedia is aesthetically pleasing
4.8
4.6
4.8
 

 

Content

 
4
5
6
7
Generally the content was logically organised
Anatomedia complements the anatomy teaching program
Concepts were addressed and well explained
The content on the back was comprehensive
4.4
4.6
4.1
4.0
 

 

While using Anatomedia:

 
8
9
10
11
I found the program to be engaging
perspectives were well organised with appropriate content
I found the ability to highlight structures in images valuable
I found the layering of images valuable
4.0
4.3
4.8
4.8
 

 

Overall, I found Anatomedia to be:

 
12
13
14
interesting and enjoyable
valuable
worthy of extension to develop new modules
4.4
4.4
4.6
 

 

Application to teaching

 
15
16
I would use an@tomedia in my teaching
I would recommend an@tomedia for student learning
4.1
4.4

Strongly Disagree=1 Disagree=2 Neutral=3 Agree=4 Strongly Agree=5

Selected comments from content experts (USA, UK, Australia)

What was the best feature of this multimedia program?

  • This CD provides a solid factual/ functional base of knowledge on the back. This is so arranged that it caters for undergraduates and postgraduates
  • Integration of invivo, invitro eg., dissections/ imaging
  • Excellent dissections and graphics to highlight structures.
  • Interactive format and quantity of information.
  • The layered approach to dissection combined with the superb quality of the images.
  • It is all round superb
  • With this CD as a beginning, the standard of subsequent once should be very high indeed. I have seen many CDs on anatomy, but this one beats the lot. The authors are real experts and should be congratulated.
  • This is unquestionably the best CD ROM relating to gross anatomy that I have seen and I eagerly await the development of new modules. The authors have done a great service.

The complete evaluations are published in:

KENNEDY D, EIZENBERG N, KENNEDY G. An evaluation of the use of multiple
perspectives in the design of computer-facilitated learning. The Australian
Journal of Educational Technology 2000, 16 (1): 13-25


KENNEDY GE, KENNEDY DM, EIZENBERG NE. Integrating Computer Facilitated Learning Resources into Problem-Based Learning Curricula. Interactive
Multimedia Electronic Journal of Computer-Enhanced learning 2001, 1(2).
http://imej.wfu.edu/articles/2001/1/02/index.asp

 

* Reviewed in 'The Lancet'

 

 

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