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ERIC Number: EJ1004966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1043-4046
Use of Wikiversity and Role Play to Increase Student Engagement during Student-Led Physiology Seminars
Singh, Satendra
Advances in Physiology Education, v37 n1 p106-107 Mar 2013
The Undergraduate Medical Program (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) at University College of Medical Sciences (Delhi, India) is a 4.5-yr, intense academic program where physiology is taught in the first year. To make the learning experience enriching, the Department of Physiology organizes four student seminars (two seminars/semester) in a year. The seminar includes topics that are covered in the theory lectures. Five groups consisting of eight students are given a topic and supervised by a faculty moderator. Students are required to individually prepare a 10-min summary, and one of the students is selected to present the seminar in front of large group of 150 students. The rest of the students are assessed by the faculty members after the presentation. The best speaker in each of the five groups is given a certificate of appreciation. The assessment marks are added in an internal assessment. Over the years, diminished interest among students in each batch has been observed. They developed a habit of copy and pasting material in summaries, nonpresenting students did not participate in active learning, and Powerpoint was used as a sole media for the seminars. To increase interest, two active learning strategies were designed in order to break the usual mode of seminar delivery by the students under assessment. In the new strategy, students attended the seminar on the "Pathophysiological Mechanism of Shock." Participating students were not required to provide a written summary but rather develop a Wikiversity page on the allotted topic. Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project developed as a learning resource for learning projects and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from preschool to university, including professional training and informal learning. The Wikiversity is a good tool as open educational resource for the collaborative learning community. The literature also suggests that peer instruction and collaborative testing improves retention as well as performance in exams. The designers of this project concluded that incorporating active learning strategies will make physiology seminars more interesting, and that the role of Wikiversity should be explored more for collaborative assignments. (Contains 2 figures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India