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Videoconferencing Effective Teaching Tool in Medical Schools

August 2, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story by FOX 47 News

Common wisdom would say that students who have face-to-face contact with their teacher would do better than students whose contact is limited to videoconferencing.

However, a recent study by Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine shows that's not necessarily the case.

The researchers found that students who viewed synchronous lectures - lectures that were live and allowed the students and professor to interact - did just as well on a national test as students who listened to lectures live in the classroom.

The findings were published in the journal Teaching and Learning in Medicine.

"We used the results of the students' national board exam, which is known as COMLEX," said Kari Hortos, who led the study and is also the associate dean of the college's Macomb University Center campus. "We found no statistically significant difference on COMLEX board score performance regardless of site assignment for students."

With the recent expansions of medical schools, videoconferencing is becoming a much more popular way of presenting lectures. It was in 2009 that MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine expanded with campuses in Macomb County and Detroit in Southeast Michigan.

With that expansion, the college's entering class - the class of 2013 - expanded from 200 to 300 students.

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