“Anatomy of the Digestive System” is part of a larger site entitled “A/P Lab – A Website for Human Anatomy and Physiology” developed by University of Wisconsin - La Crosse for Anatomy and Physiology courses. The site was “developed to enable students enrolled in Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II … to study laboratory materials for practical exams.” The site is a collection of images of anatomical models of the digestive system. The six annotated models of the digestive tract include: 1) Median section of the head and neck, 2) Stomach model (external view), 3) Stomach model (internal view), 4) Digestive organs model, 5) Small and large intestine model, and 6) Liver and gall bladder model. Each model is a picture with labels identifying the different parts or regions of the model.
After completing this presentation, the learner will be able to:
Identify the parts of the gastrointestinal tract
Diagram the components of the gastrointestinal system
Describe the major gross features of the abdominal organs
Target Student Population:
The target student population includes high school and college undergraduate students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Students will better understand the materials with some basic understanding of digestive tract anatomy.
Type of Material:
This material is a collection of annotated anatomical models of the digestive system.
This site can be used for review and practice in identifying the digestive organs. It could be used as a lab practical to view, study, and identify the digestive organs. The site also contains images of the digestive organs that could be used in lectures or on worksheets.
The material can be viewed using a web browser such as Mozilla Firefox 19.0+, Internet Explorer 9.0+, and Google Chrome.
Evaluation and Observation
Models are anatomically correct and the labels are accurate
Models show the anatomical relationships of each organ to other organs
Images are high quality, clear, and well-labeled
Site is concise and relevant
Content is related to core curriculum within the discipline
Does not provide good explanations nor does the site demonstrate / summarize the concept
Some general text about each organ might be helpful
Review test questions would be useful
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Models are organized well and build upon one another; for example, the digestive tract of the head and neck is listed first, followed by the stomach, and then other organs as you work inferiorly
Site provides general foundational anatomical knowledge that all students taking anatomy should know after completing the course
Provides a great review for lab practicals
Easy to incorporate into a lecture or lab class
Simple and clearly labeled images
Site is not interactive
Site does not ask questions about the structures or provide any feedback
It would be nice if the labels could be turned on or off for practice purposes
Site does not promote critical thinking or analysis of the anatomical structures
No learning objectives listed
Site lacks instructions, overviews, and summaries
There are no additional resources provided
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Easy to use and good quality graphics
Table of contents is clearly organized and easy to navigate through
Images are visually appealing
There are no instuctions provided on using the site, although it is intuitive