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Int J Med Educ. 2016 Feb 21;7:69-74. doi: 10.5116/ijme.56b5.0369.

Combining traditional anatomy lectures with e-learning activities: how do students perceive their learning experience?

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1
Teaching Support Office, Claudiana, College of Health Care Professions, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy.
2
Research Unit, Claudiana, College of Health Care Professions, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy.
3
Library Services, Claudiana, College of Health-Care Professions, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to investigate how students perceived their learning experience when combining traditional anatomy lectures with preparatory e-learning activities that consisted of fill-in-the-blank assignments, videos, and multiple-choice quizzes.

METHODS:

A qualitative study was conducted to explore changes in study behaviour and perception of learning. Three group interviews with students were conducted and thematically analysed.

RESULTS:

Data was categorized into four themes: 1. Approaching the course material, 2. Understanding the material, 3. Consolidating the material, and 4. Perceived learning outcome. Students appreciated the clear structure of the course, and reported that online activities encouraged them towards a first engagement with the material. They felt that they were more active during in-class sessions, described self-study before the end-of-term exam as easier, and believed that contents would remain in their memories for a longer time.

CONCLUSIONS:

By adjusting already existing resources, lectures can be combined fairly easily and cost-effectively with preparatory e-learning activities. The creation of online components promote well-structured courses, can help minimize 'student passivity' as a characteristic element of lectures, and can support students in distributing their studies throughout the term, thus suggesting enhanced learning. Further research work should be designed to confirm the afore-mentioned findings through objective measurements of student learning outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

anatomy; blended learning; didactic lecture; flipped classroom; qualitative study

PMID:
26897012
PMCID:
PMC4764246
DOI:
10.5116/ijme.56b5.0369
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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