Students’ Perceptions and Usage of Short Anatomy Videos: A Preliminary Study

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Goran Strkalj; Anneliese Hulme; Joyce El-Haddad; Kehui Luo; Dirk Crafford & Michael Rampe


The efficacy of videos in anatomy education is still being debated. It appears that one of the major factors discouraging learners to use videos has been their length. To counteract this, 24 short videos (the longest lasting 1 minute and 13 seconds), were created for a course on musculoskeletal anatomy. Videos focused on identification of muscles of the limbs and their relations by area. The aim of this preliminary study was to assess students’ perception of value of the videos and their utilisation. The number of views for each video was recorded. A questionnaire based survey was carried out focusing on students’ perception of the educational usefulness of the videos. On average, each video had 339.5 views. Out of 312 students enrolled in the course, 210 completed the survey (67.3 % response rate). A total of 181 respondents (86.2 %) watched the videos and a majority perceived them useful in: Learning about the anatomy of the limbs (68 %), preparation for the laboratory (56.9 %), post-laboratory revision (65.6 %) and preparation for the practical test (66.3 %). Asked for feedback, students requested an increase in the number of videos to include structures other than muscles. Students reported to perceive videos as a useful resource in their musculoskeletal anatomy course. The shortness of the videos made them easy to access and use repeatedly. Future, more in-depth studies, based on the utilisation of the existing and newly produced videos, might throw more light on their full educational potential.

KEY WORDS: Anatomical sciences education; Musculoskeletal anatomy; Videos; Human gross anatomy.

How to cite this article

STRKALJ, G.; HULME, A.; EL-HADDAD, J.; LUO, K.; CRAFFORD, D. & RAMPE, M. Students’ perceptions and usage of short anatomy videos: A preliminary study. Int. J. Morphol., 36(2):493-499, 2018.