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Evaluation of a web-based application versus conventional instruction in the undergraduate curriculum of fixed prosthodontics.
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PMID:  23050504     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Aims:  The present study aims to investigate the implications of web-based delivery of identical learning content for time efficiency and students' performance, as compared to conventional textbook resources. Materials and methods:  Two cohorts of third year undergraduate dental students in 2003 (n = 35) and 2006 (n = 32) completed the study. Following a baseline pre-test, the students were divided into two groups and given 3 weeks for studying identical content using a web-based application (group A) or a conventional paper manuscript (group B). Post-test, end of semester examination and a final retention test were taken. Test scores and studying time was registered for both cohorts in 2003 and 2006. Results:  Group A and B knowledge gain was highly significant between the average per cent scores from pre-test, post-test and end of semester examination in both cohorts in 2003 and 2006 (P < 0.005). Group A spent 1.6× (2003) to 2.6× (2006) less time studying than group B. The average total studying time recorded for group B was 5.1 h using 6.2 learning sessions in 2003 and 3.5 h using 4.4 sessions in 2006. With group A, significantly less time was measured for studying through web-based content using an average of 2.5 h over 4.4 learning sessions in 2003 and 1.5 h added over three sessions in 2006. Conclusions:  Web-based delivery of identical content results in less overall studying time as compared to textbook delivery. These results appear independent of the students' own preference of the learning medium.
C A Ramseier; A Ivanovic; U Woermann; N Mattheos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-04-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of dental education : official journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1600-0579     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Dent Educ     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712132     Medline TA:  Eur J Dent Educ     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  224-31     Citation Subset:  D    
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© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Department of Periodontology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland  Institute of Medical Education, Division for Instruction and Media, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland  School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
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