Dental microscopic anatomy review slides CD-ROM: Student evaluation and correlation with course grade

M. K. Vaughan, F. J. Weaker, D. C. Herbert, W. Latshaw, J. H. Littlefield

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Ninety first year dental students were provided a lecture/laboratory syllabus and a CD-ROM with preview/review slides tailored to the laboratory portion of the course. At the end of the course. 70 students completed and signed a 22-item questionnaire concerning various aspects of the course and usage of the CD-ROM: these items were correlated with final course grade using Fisher's z-transformation for r. Overall, the course with its lectures, lecture syllabus, laboratories and CD-ROM program were rated very highly (4.08-4.77/5). The grade in the course was significantly correlated with attendance at most of the lectures (r= 0.447, p < 0.001), enjoyment of the course (r= 0.2385, p < 0.05) and ability to pace study using the CD-ROM (-r= 0.291, p < 0.05). 58.1% of the respondents made extensive usage of the CD-ROM and this was highly correlated with the facts that the CD-ROM: 1) was interactive (r= 0.449, p < 0.001), 2) enabled the student to visualize histology better (r- 0.5922, p < 0.001), 3) allowed the student to proceed at their own pace (r=0.5721, p < 0.001) and 4) provided unique insights in the understanding of histology (r=0.3809, p < 0.001). Although the CD-ROM was meant to be a supplementary aid to the laboratory, 25.7% of the students strongly agreed with the item that they could have achieved a grade that satisfied them using only the lecture syllabus and the CD-ROM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A664
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 20 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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