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Type: Journal article
Title: Assessment of an electronic voting system within the tutorial setting: a randomised controlled trial (ISRCTN54535861)
Author: Palmer, E.
Devitt, P.
De Young, N.
Morris, D.
Citation: BMC Medical Education, 2005; 5(24):WWW1-WWW8
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 1472-6920
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Edward J. Palmer, Peter G. Devitt, Neville J. De Young and David Morris
Abstract: Background: Electronic voting systems have been used in various educational settings with little measurement of the educational impact on students. The goal of this study was to measure the effects of the inclusion of an electronic voting system within a small group tutorial. Method: A prospective randomised controlled trial was run at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, a teaching hospital in Adelaide, Australia. 102 students in their first clinical year of medical school participated in the study where an electronic voting system was introduced as a teaching aid into a standard tutorial. Long-term retention of knowledge and understanding of the topics discussed in the tutorials was measured and student response to the introduction of the electronic voting system was assessed. Results: Students using the electronic voting system had improved long-term retention of understanding of material taught in the tutorial. Students had a positive response to the use of this teaching aid. Conclusion: Electronic voting systems can provide a stimulating learning environment for students and in a small group tutorial may improve educational outcomes.
Keywords: Humans; Prospective Studies; Group Processes; Comprehension; Electronics; Models, Educational; Time Factors; Education, Medical, Undergraduate; Educational Measurement; Clinical Competence; Students, Medical; Teaching; Adult; Hospitals, Teaching; South Australia; Female; Male; Community Participation
Rights: © 2005 Palmer et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
RMID: 0020051835
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-5-24
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