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Indian Journal of Microbiology Research


Introducing e-learning in microbiology: A pilot study


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Author Details : Manmeet Kaur Gill, Sahiba Kukreja

Volume : 5, Issue : 1, Year : 2018

Article Page : 80-83


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Abstract

Introduction: E-learning is the use of internet technologies to facilitate self directed learning and enhance knowledge and performance. Therefore e-learning resources can be used to promote active learning among medical students.
Aims & Objectives:
1.   To introduce e-learning in the department of Microbiology
2.   To assess the perception of the students about e-learning
Materials and Methods: This study was carried out in the Department of Microbiology of our medical college. First all 150 students of 2nd prof. MBBS were sensitized about the concept of e-learning and their perception was taken in the form of a feedback questionnaire. Then 75 volunteers were selected and a Google group was formed. The study material was given in the form of power point presentations, photo quiz and text questions with help of Google document. At the end of two months feedback was taken from the students in the form of semi-structured pre-validated questionnaire and data obtained was analysed statistically. Questionnaire included both closed ended as well as open ended questions
Results: Data obtained from feedback questionnaire showed that the programme was beneficial for them. Almost 100% students said that new teaching learning method increased the understanding of the topics covered under it and also that the topics covered were important for them.
Conclusion: There was a positive response shown by the students towards new teaching learning method. Students found it interesting, relevant and beneficial. It increased their understanding of the topics covered under it. It also increased interaction between teacher and students. To conclude e-resources can be a useful supplement to conventional lecture-based teaching in the medical curriculum.

Keywords: e-learning, Google groups, Internet technologies.

Doi : 10.18231/2394-5478.2018.0016

How to cite : Gill M K, Kukreja S, Introducing e-learning in microbiology: A pilot study. Indian J Microbiol Res 2018;5(1):80-83

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