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A New Approach to Information Technology Instruction for Medical Students


avatar Abbas Foroutan 1 , * , avatar S.H Yazdani 2 , avatar S Noori 3

1 Assistant professor, physiology department , Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

2 2 Assistant professor, Education Development Center, Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

3 Member, Advanced Information and Communication Technology Center, Sharif University

How to Cite: Foroutan A, Yazdani S, Noori S. A New Approach to Information Technology Instruction for Medical Students. J Med Edu. 2006;9(2):e105306.
doi: 10.22037/jme.v9i2.726.


Journal of Medical Education: 9 (2); e105306
Published Online: April 01, 2006
Article Type: Research Article
Received: January 01, 2005
Accepted: April 01, 2006


Background and purpose: Active learning, combined with computer-assisted instruction, can enhance medical students’ performance and learning. This article is an attempt to introduce a new web-based approach to information technology instruction for medical students.Methods: Eight topics were selected to be instructed in Web-based workshops. PHPBB Forum was used for web-based collaborative learning. One oral lecture session was held to make the students familiar with the Forum and their duties. For each topic, groups of 6-9 students had to search the Web, based on a search strategy to find answers for the questions. The students could discuss theirfindings in their group Forum under the supervision of a tutor.Results: Direct (face-to-face) and indirect (Web-based) interactions among students was considerably increased. The students showed greater interest in participating in class activities. Students’ attitude toward Web-based learning was improved.Conclusion: Adding collaborative learning to computer-assisted instruction, along with constant supervision by the tutor, can enhance students’ learning, since they can have free discussion and express their opinions.


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