Use of interactive multimedia programs for pathology e-learning: Strengths and weaknesses
Howard Grossman, Virginia Grossman, The University of Melbourne ; Howard Grossman, Virginia Grossman
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
As a medium for learning pathology, tutorials based on interactive multimedia programs offer a number of potential advantages by comparison with traditional microscope-based classes. However, given a choice between computer-based tutorials, microscope-based practical classes, or a combination both, the majority of students prefer the combination (blended learning). In the present study involving 204 medical and paramedical students, we sought to clarify the reasons for this choice. The features of computer-based tutorials the students considered most useful included illustration of concepts with images and animations, accessibility (outside class hours), self-paced learning and opportunities for self-assessment. The microscope was seen as valuable because it provided “hands-on” experience of real examples of disease, rather than the ideal images seen on the computer. The best approach was considered to be using e-learning to provide basic information, followed by microscope-based case studies.
Grossman, H., Grossman, V., Grossman, H. & Grossman, V. (2008). Use of interactive multimedia programs for pathology e-learning: Strengths and weaknesses. In Proceedings of ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2008 (pp. 360-362). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.