Making the neurology clerkship more effective: can e-Textbook facilitate learning?
Authors: Jao, Chiang S.; Brint, Steven U.; Hier, Daniel B.
Source: Neurological Research, Volume 27, Number 7, October 2005 , pp. 762-767(6)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Objective: In 1998, the 4-week neurology elective clerkship was converted into a 2-week required neurology rotation at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We hypothesized that the interactive e-Textbook, a computer-assisted learning tool, could successfully replace a paper-based syllabus and a traditional neurology textbook during a 2-week rotation, while incorporating department teaching conferences to replace the medical student lecture series.
Methods: We created an e-Textbook and made it available simultaneously in a CD-ROM format and on a password-protected website. The online quiz and course assessment were administered by the Blackboard Web Server.
Results: After implementation of the e-Textbook over 6 years, the feedback shows high student satisfaction, and student evaluations of the neurology clerkship have risen. Creation of an e-Textbook for the neurology clerkship made our faculty more productive while increasing student satisfaction and facilitating learning efficacy.
Discussion: The results show that the e-Textbook is an appropriate alternative to facilitate learning of basic and clinical neurology during a 2-week rotation. The students demonstrated successful learning in a computerized environment.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation, University of Illinois, 912 S. Wood Street 855N (M/C 796), Chicago, IL 60612-7330, USA
Publication date: 2005-10-01
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