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Adv Physiol Educ. 2018 Mar 1;42(1):111-117. doi: 10.1152/advan.00155.2017.

A Moodle-based blended learning solution for physiology education in Montenegro: a case study.

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1
Faculty of Medicine, University of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro.
2
Faculty for Information Systems and Technologies, University of Donja Gorica, Podgorica, Montenegro.

Abstract

This study evaluates the impact of web-based blended learning in the physiology course at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Montenegro. The two main goals of the study were: to determine the impact of e-learning on student success in mastering the course, and to assess user satisfaction after the introduction of e-learning. The study compared a group of students who attended the physiology course before, with a group of students who attended the physiology course after the Moodle platform was fully implemented as an educational tool. Formative and summative assessment scores were compared between these two groups. The impact of high vs. low Moodle use on the assessment scores was analyzed. The satisfaction among Moodle users was assessed by the survey. The study found that attendance of face-to-face lectures had a positive impact on academic performance. The introduction of Moodle in the presented model of teaching increased interest of students, attendance of face-to-face lectures, as well as formative and summative scores. High frequency of Moodle use was not always associated with better academic performance, suggesting that the introduction of a new method of teaching was most likely equally accepted by low- and high-achieving students. Most of the students agreed that Moodle was easy to use and it complemented traditional teaching very well, but it could not completely replace traditional face-to-face lectures. The study supports continuing the use of web-based learning in a form of blended learning for physiology, as well as for other courses in medical education.

KEYWORDS:

Moodle in physiology; blended learning; web-based learning management systems

PMID:
29357268
DOI:
10.1152/advan.00155.2017
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