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Keywords:

  • computer-aided instruction;
  • anatomy;
  • evaluations;
  • Internet

Abstract

A two-year study was conducted to provide summative evaluations of web-based computer-aided instruction (CAI) specifically designed to supplement the laboratory dissections in the medical human anatomy course. Utilization of CAI was analyzed using server statistics, student surveys and network login tables. There was a significant increase in server requests for CAI over the period of the course in both years of the study. In general, student surveys corresponded with the login data for individual students, although several discrepancies showed limitations of the respective methodologies. When course examination scores were compared to the number of CAI logins for individual students, there were statistically significant direct correlations between exam grades and frequency of CAI use. Our findings illustrate the value of combining server statistics with user surveys for evaluations of CAI as an effective supplement for student learning in the anatomy curriculum. Clin. Anat. 17:73–78, 2004. © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.