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ERIC Number: EJ794141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1529-1944
Comparison of Effectiveness of Computerized and Conventional Fixed and Learning Module in Undergraduate Pathology Teaching
Madhavan, Manoharan; Kaur, Gurjeet
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v9 p213-218 2006
Introduction: Fixed Learning Module (FLM) adopted in pathology teaching to medical undergraduates, encompasses exhibition of potted specimens and charts. Though it is an important teaching method it also has its limitations. Aim: To create an alternative method for teaching pathology using web based, interactive computer technology [i.e., computerized FLM (compFLM)] and to evaluate its effectiveness in pathology teaching compared to conventional FLM (convFLM). Method: ConvFLM materials were selected from the pathology museum while compFLM was prepared using digital photographs of potted specimens and java script which was then uploaded into the institute's intranet. A class of medical students was divided into two groups, each exposed to either type of FLM in the female reproductive block (FRB) with a cross over in the subsequent musculoskeletal block (MSB). Students completed a questionnaire and were subjected to an assessment at the end of each block, consisting of multiple choice questions (MCQ), computerized objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and conventional-style OSCE questions. Results: Analysis of examination results showed neither teaching method to be superior. However students found compFLM more interesting, user friendly and easily accessible. Conclusion: Computerized FLM has many advantages. However it cannot replace conventional FLM and both techniques would be complementary in effective learning. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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