Teaching histology and anatomy online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Daniele Saverino, Emanuela Marcenaro, Daniela Zarcone

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The aim of this study is to analyze differences in participation, and in the results obtained in the anatomy and histology exams, over two academic years of the Sport Sciences degree course. During the first semester of the academic year 2019/2020 both the lectures and the exam took place face-to-face, while during the academic year 2020/2021 everything was done online. Statistical analysis revealed that the online modality was especially advantageous for the anatomy exam. Students' opinions were also assessed through a short questionnaire. The results showed that teachers involved themselves in both groups. Students needed to interact socially with teachers and colleagues and to ask them questions. Even if the differences were not significant, the difference was greater for face-to-face students in most comparisons. Finally, the most common methods of peer communication were by social media.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Anatomy
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • education
  • histology
  • human anatomy
  • sport science students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology


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