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An e-learning reproductive health module to support improved student learning and interaction: a prospective interventional study at a medical school in Egypt

Rehab Abdelhai1*, Sahar Yassin1, Mohamad F Ahmad2 and Uno GH Fors34

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Public Health, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

2 National Tempus Office - Egypt, Giza, Egypt

3 Department LIME, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

4 Department of Computer and Systems Science, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

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BMC Medical Education 2012, 12:11  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-12-11

Published: 20 March 2012

Abstract

Background

The Public Health (PH) course at the medical college of Cairo University is based on traditional lectures. Large enrollment limits students' discussions and interactions with instructors.

Aim

Evaluate students' learning outcomes as measured by improved knowledge acquisition and opinions of redesigning the Reproductive Health (RH) section of the PH course into e-learning and assessing e-course utilization.

Methods

This prospective interventional study started with development of an e-learning course covering the RH section, with visual and interactive emphasis, to satisfy students' diverse learning styles. Two student groups participated in this study. The first group received traditional lecturing, while the second volunteered to enroll in the e-learning course, taking online course quizzes. Both groups answered knowledge and course evaluation questionnaires and were invited to group discussions. Additionally, the first group answered another questionnaire about reasons for non-participation.

Results

Students participating in the e-learning course showed significantly better results, than those receiving traditional tutoring. Students who originally shunned the e-course expressed eagerness to access the course before the end of the academic year. Overall, students using the redesigned e-course reported better learning experiences.

Conclusions

An online course with interactivities and interaction, can overcome many educational drawbacks of large enrolment classes, enhance student's learning and complement pit-falls of large enrollment traditional tutoring.

Keywords:
On-line learning; e-Learning; Reproductive health; Public health; Medical education; Egypt