Medical podcasting in Iran; pilot, implementation and attitude evaluation

Pouria Heydarpour, Nima Hafezi-Nejad, Ali Khodabakhsh, Mohsen Khosravi, Shayan Khoshkis, Majid Sadeghian, Bijan Samavat, Ali Faturechi, Parvin Pasalar, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
Acta Medica Iranica 2013, 51 (1): 59-61
Podcasting has become a popular means of transferring knowledge in higher education through making lecture contents available to students at their convenience. Accessing courses on media players provides students with enhanced learning opportunities. Development of teaching methods able to cope with ever-changing nature of medicine is crucial to train the millennium students. Pharmacology education in Tehran University of Medical Sciences has been based on lectures so far; our aim was to implement a pilot study to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of offering the course contents as podcasts as well as evaluating whether such program can be feasible in our educational program. 46% of students downloaded the podcast according to our download center. 48% favored usage of both internet and DVD-ROM concurrently. Overall 96% of students perceived that podcasting had a positive impact on their learning in pharmacology course. Our results indicate that most of attendants proposed the positive yields of podcasting despite low usage of it, mainly as a pre-class preparing tool.

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