Development and preliminary evaluation of a virtual slide-based program for undergraduate oral pathology teaching
Deepika Chugh, University of Toronto , Canada
University of Toronto . Awarded
Objective. To develop a virtual slide-based program for teaching microscopic examination in the undergraduate oral pathology course, and to evaluate its effect on student learning. Methods. A set of 85 annotated virtual slides were prepared with ScanScope CS® and Zoomify Enterprise™, and hosted online using the Blackboard™ learning management system. Each slide is accompanied by animated annotations and Notes Box guiding the student through the section, with links to clinical photographs and radiographs for clinico-pathological correlation. Results. Formative evaluation by student and instructor groups was positive, and their feedback was used to improve the program prior to implementation. The program was successfully implemented for a group of 25 students in 2006. Students taught with virtual slides scored higher on the term test compared to students who took a similar glass slide-based course over the same period (average mark 88.8% compared to 68.7%; p<0.001). The virtual slide-based program appears effective in teaching microscopic examination and overcomes some of the difficulties associated with microscope-based teaching.
Chugh, D. Development and preliminary evaluation of a virtual slide-based program for undergraduate oral pathology teaching. Master's thesis, University of Toronto.
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