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Journal of Research in Medical Education & Ethics
Year : 2015, Volume : 5, Issue : 3
First page : ( 217) Last page : ( 219)
Print ISSN : 2231-671X. Online ISSN : 2231-6728.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2231-6728.2015.00044.X

Interactive ‘Audio-Visual’ Symposium: An Effective Mode of Health Education

Linu CK1,*, Phansalkar D2, Stalin P3, Singh Z4, Mohnish P5

1Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalapet, Puducherry-605014, India

5Post-Graduate Student, Department of Radiology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalapet, Puducherry-605014, India

2Professor, Department of Radiology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalapet, Puducherry-605014, India

3Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalapet, Puducherry-605014, India

4Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalapet, Puducherry-605014, India

*Corresponding author email id: linukur@gmail.com

Online published on 10 December, 2015.

Abstract

Background

Interactive ‘audio-visual’ symposium is considered an effective mode of health education. The use of clickers in pre-test and post-test helps to maximise audience participation, thereby enabling one to assess the efficacy of the symposium.

Objective

To assess the efficacy of an interactive audio-visual symposium by using clickers (Student Response Systems) in pre-test and post-test evaluation.

Methods

110 members in the audience, which included undergraduate and post-graduate medical students and faculty from different departments of our institute, were provided clickers. The symposium was conducted by three speakers, all of whom delivered their lecture with the help of Power Point presentations, thereby making it an ‘audio-visual’ symposium. Pre-test and a post-test were conducted to assess the efficacy of the symposium by administering seven multiple choice questions. Each member of the audience used clickers to respond to the same multiple choice questions asked in the pre-test and post-test. Mean, standard deviation (SD), proportions and paired t-test were used for statistical analysis and p< 0.05 was considered significant.

Results

The mean (SD) score of the participants was 3.1 (0.64) in the pre-test and 5.4 (0.78) in the post-test. The difference between the mean scores of pre-test and post-test was 2.3, at 95% level of significance, which was statistically significant (P< 0.05).

Conclusion

This study showed that an interactive ‘audio-visual’ symposium with the use of clickers is an effective mode of health education by ensuring maximum audience participation in the pre-test and the post-test.

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Keywords

Education, Symposium, Clickers, Teaching, Interactive.

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