There is a need to introduce new techniques in anatomy teaching that integrate basic and clinical knowledge content, but don’t overload students with details or use lots of time to complete.
Our online tool – RCA eCases – asks students to self-learn some clinical anatomy, challenging them to integrate this learning with the content knowledge from that day’s lecture and labs. This combination allows a tension free working environment, provides feedback and links to external resources. It is much more than another online tutorial or MCQ test page.
Who was involved?
Vivek Perumal and Prof Mark Stringer initiated the eCases for 3rd year Medical teaching in 2011. The year after, a head and neck module was added, contributed by Dr George Dias.
Why did we develop this piece of eLearning?
Insufficient contact hours with the students to cover a chunk of clinically relevant anatomy topics.
An attempt to take clinical anatomy outside the classroom setting while providing basic but important facts relevant to clinical practice.
Students work on the eCases in their own time, in a tension free environment with no time limits. The eCases are readily accessible online and via smart phones; and have been appreciated by the students since their release.
In 2011 eCases won an OUMSA award for teaching innovation.
The best thing about developing this piece of eLearning was:
Developed by medically qualified teachers, the eCases focus on clinical anatomy relevant for medical students at an undergraduate level.
eCases are built on the dissection lab topics. So each week the students get direct exposure to study material, hands on investigation, and clinical correlation as a complete unit.
Surface anatomy and radiology are highlighted and given appropriate importance.
A few technical issues between different operating systems and browsers. Every year some changes are made to make the cases compatible with various browsers and new versions of Moodle.
Built on free software, then distributed through Moodle, they were less expensive, but took longer time for building and updating.
Tools / Resources used in this initiative:
Initially built on CourseLab 2.4, a free e-Learning authoring software for Windows, and distributed via Moodle.
Currently, the eCases have been converted into Moodle quizzes. This provides us with more details on student performance and is compatible with all available web browsers.