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Interactive multimedia in medical microbiology?

Maor, D. and Shapiro, L.E. (1996) Interactive multimedia in medical microbiology? In: HERDSA 1996: Different Approaches: Theory and Practice in Higher Education, 8 - 12 July 1996, Perth, W.A..

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    Abstract

    This paper discusses a study which aimed to investigate whether a Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) program of Microbiology Case Studies can facilitate the learning of Medical Microbiology in the Nursing program at Curtin University.

    An attempt was made to introduce innovations into the teaching and learning techniques of this partially self-paced unit, in order to help students with their heavy study load. A set of interactive computer case studies for second year Microbiology was produced using consequential pathways to promote problem-solving skills.

    The interviews and questionnaires showed that there was a significant difference in attitude and in assessment outcomes between those students who agreed that computer-based learning was stimulating and those who disagreed.

    The results indicate no overall difference between the results of the mid-semester test for those students who used the CAL program and those who chose to avoid it. The question "Does interactive multimedia benefit the learner of Medical Microbiology?" must be answered as follows: "Not directly and not in isolation from other learning and teaching modes."

    Publication Type: Conference Paper
    Notes: Appears In: Different Approaches: Theory and Practice in Higher Education: Proceedings of the 1996 HERDSA Conference
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/8761
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