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ERIC Number: EJ789837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Online Problem-Based Learning in Postgraduate Medical Education--Content Analysis of Reflection Comments
Gonzalez, Maria L.; Salmoni, Alan J.
Teaching in Higher Education, v13 n2 p183-192 Apr 2008
We developed the Med-e-Conference, an online tool to teach clinical skills to medical students, which integrated problem-based learning with collaborative group tasks. The final task asked students to consider what they had done (reflection). These comments were analysed using content analysis, and 10 themes were elicited. The number of agreements and disagreements with the themes were compared to test acceptability to our students. The Med-e-Conference was perceived as educational, relevant, useful for revision, showed learning through peer interaction, helped create materials useful in general practice, increased topic problem-solving, and helped to provide confidence/reassurance in managing skin conditions. Practice also changed as a result. The tasks were sometimes criticised as repetitive, and some doctors did not have sufficient resources to fully benefit from participation. This study revealed that online collaborative tasks were acceptable to students and provided benefits beyond those seen with conventional learning methods. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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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: Hong Kong; United Kingdom