Abdomen and Pelvis Interactive Learning Objects

Publication ID Published Volume
7866 October 26, 2011 7


The abdomen and pelvis interactive learning objects are a series of self-test exercises designed to accompany undergraduate anatomy courses. It is separated into three main sections: abdomen, urinary and reproductive systems. In each section, students may select from a range of exercises including short answer, matching, multiple choice questions and “drag and drop” label identification of images. Students have the opportunity to test their visual recognition of gross anatomy by choosing correct answers to identify selected structures on dissected cadavers. In addition, learners may navigate through a case study that requires student feedback in order to progress through the cases. All learning objects are anchored in learning objectives and are interactive, requiring learners to process information and make decisions. Immediate feedback is provided to students, reinforcing the learning.

We have not conducted a formal study of the effectiveness of the course materials; however anecdotal evidence indicates that students value and appreciate the interactive learning objects. Also, anatomy courses with a lab are in much demand as prerequisite to many graduate and professional programs. Our lecture and lab courses are accepted by all professional schools, and our enrollment increases every semester.


Ressetar H, Allen E, Walker E, Kraszpulska B, Billings H. Abdomen and pelvis interactive learning objects. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2011;7:7866. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.7866

Educational Objectives

  1. To understand the structures of the digestive system, and relationships among the organs.
  2. To understand the structures of the urinary system, and relationships to other abdominal and pelvic organs.
  3. To understand the structure of reproductive organs, including prenatal development and positions of gonads, pregnancy-related anatomical changes, stages of parturition, as well as normal adult structures.


  • Abdominal Cavity, Abdomen, Pelvis, Gonads, Prenatal Development, Pregnancy, Parturition, Digestion

Prior Scholarly Dissemination


  1. Health Sciences E-Education: Teaching Virtual Anatomy Labs. Elizabeth Walker, Barbara Kraszpulska, Edwin Allen, and Aurelio Gomes. Peer reviewed and presented at the Fourth Pan Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, Oct.30 & Nov. 3, 2006 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
  2. Virtual Anatomy Labs for Pre-Professional Health Sciences Students. E.R.Walker, B.Kraszpulska, J.Altemus, E.Allen, P.Klinkhachorn, H.Ressetar, W. Beresford. Poster presented at the American Association of Anatomists, April, 2007 Washington DC.

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