Educational Web sites; Universities and colleges--Graduate work; Human anatomy


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) standards, the occupational therapy program at the University of Puget Sound requires the completion of an anatomy course as part of the master’s degree curriculum. Currently, the program’s functional anatomy course does not provide any online resources to support students’ mastery of course content. Due to advances in technology, an increasing number of professional degree programs are either web-based or are adding online elements (Donovan, 2008; Friedman, Watts, Croston, & Durkin, 2002; Fallon, 2011). Course-specific online resources have been shown to enhance student learning and performance (Thompson, Ford, & Webster, 2011). A customized supplemental website was created to accompany the functional anatomy course as a learning enhancement. The website includes diagrams, flash cards, quiz questions, case studies, and additional resources. The various elements of the website were developed to address different learning styles and to cycle students through the stages of Kolb’s model of experiential learning (Kolb, 1984; Friedman, Watts, Croston, & Durkin, 2002). The goal of the website is for the user to achieve a 90% standard on the quizzes and case study questions, which is higher than the university graduate school’s 83% (3.0 GPA) requirement to maintain good standing. Use of the website in a pilot study by a sample group of the program’s students resulted in 100% positive recommendation for its use as a resource in the functional anatomy course.

First Advisor

Martins Linauts, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Tatiana Kaminsky, PhD, OTR/L

Date of Completion

Spring 2014

Degree Type







Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Date of Award



Occupational Therapy


University of Puget Sound