As an alternative to an oral exam, students in an undergraduate online human anatomy class created multimedia submissions to synthesize their knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and innervation and apply this knowledge to a functional activity of daily living. This assignment provided a unique opportunity for creativity and diversified assessment strategies in a course that normally uses more traditional teaching and learning methods (e.g., lectures, exams, research papers). This assignment allowed students to practice using appropriate medical and anatomical terminology and simulates a potential clinical scenario they may encounter in multiple health care settings (e.g, demonstrate how movement occurs to a patient.) By selecting their own topics, students investigated movements that were relevant to their interests/hobbies.
Viewers will be able to:
- recognize how to adapt an example of a multimedia assignment for use in their own classes
- describe how to use peer review to incorporate peer interaction into a basic science class
- explain the importance of creating assignments that are relevant to students’ interests and allow them to demonstrate practical skills
- give examples of how to diversify assignments in a course that typically uses lecture and exams to assess learning
- give examples of how to use assignments to engage students in higher levels of thinking in a hard sciences class
THE MULTIMEDIA PROJECT
ASSIGNMENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Demonstrate and describe the movement of an upper extremity joint using appropriate anatomical terminology
- Identify the agonist muscles involved in the movement and explain their actions
- Identify the peripheral motor nerves innervating the agonist muscle(s)
Part 1: Video Submission
- Choose a task you would complete by engaging a joint in the upper extremity. Choose one set of movements this joint allows (for example, flexion and extension), demonstrate it in the video (on yourself or a friend), and explain which muscles make that movement possible and the innervation of these muscles.
- You should be able to complete both tasks in less than 5 minutes.
Part 2: References (PDF Format)
- Please upload at least three references apart from your textbook to support your submission for Part 1. These references can be systematic reviews, journal articles, and official government agencies websites; peer-reviewed sources are best. Please make sure these references are not more than 7 years old.
PEER REVIEW COMPONENT
Students were randomly assigned a peer’s video to review via the Canvas peer review assessment feature. Students were given the following instructions:
- You have been assigned one of your peers’ videos to watch and review. Comment on the completeness and accuracy of their description of the upper extremity motor task.
- Rubric Criterion: Comment on the completeness and accuracy of description of task.
- (2 pts: COMPLETE; 0 pts: INCOMPLETE/ NOT DONE)
EXAMPLE VIDEO PROJECT
This type of assignment can be used in similar courses for meaningful student-to-student interaction as an alternative to discussion boards and to take the place of in-person oral examinations.
Additionally, moving forward, suggestions to modify the project include:
- Adding an abnormal movement pattern from a chosen pathology and comparing it with a normal movement pattern.
- Expanding it to include multiple joints within the same motor task