Share Paper: Using Multimedia and Virtual Simulations to Enhance Learning Transfer In Anatomy Instruction.

  1. Andy Saltarelli, Central Michigan University, United States
  2. William Saltarelli, Central Michigan University, United States
  3. Cary Roseth, Michigan State University, United States
  4. Aimee Grand, Central Michigan University, United States
Friday, March 11 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Edgewood

Abstract: A mixed-method randomized control-experimental design was used to test the impact of using an interactive, multimedia, and virtual simulation learning system (APR 2.0) on learning transfer among 233 undergraduates in an introductory anatomy course. Results showed that students in the cadaver-only group performed better on identification transfer and explanatory transfer. Additionally, qualitative analysis revealed that students overwhelmingly perceived cadaver-only instruction as most conducive for their learning. Implications for using instructional technology to enhance transfer and student perceptions of technology are discussed.