Stepping Forward: Teaching Human Anatomy Practical with Articulate Storyline
Sen Mun Maria Wai, Shi Ying Joyce Lam, Yuet Wa Chara Wan, Hoi Ki Kiko Cheung and Hon Chung Edmond Chu
Traditional face-to-face instruction and viewing of human specimens during anatomy practical classes has been considered as the most effective way of teaching and learning in pre-clinical training. However, resources, time, and teacher-to-student ratio are often the critical factors that influence outcome. With the growing number of students admitted to the MBChB program in recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to adopt this mode of teaching due to crowdedness and restricted time frame for learning and understanding. To improve the learning condition, a series of six interactive practical preview videos, accompanied with narrations, were developed with Articulate Storyline software and used in conjunction with the practical classes. Each video is tailor-made to contain high quality human specimen photos and key concepts of the topic. Detailed structures not well demonstrated in class could be easily illustrated with magnified photos. The videos are put on Blackboard for viewing at students’ own learning pace. Students can also attempt the self-test quizzes to test their understanding. The number of viewers of each practical preview video retrieved from Blackboard was well over 60%. While no direct statistical correlation between video viewing and grade awarded is observed, students were positive about the videos and gave a high score of 5.22/6 in the CTE for their usefulness. Most students expressed that the videos had a valuable role in providing a study guideline and solidifying their knowledge. Based on the encouraging feedback, it is worthwhile to develop similar videos for practical classes of other biomedical science subjects.