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Modified team-based learning strategy to improve human anatomy learning: A pilot study at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia

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  • Emilio G. Martínez,

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    1. Department of Medicine, Health Sciences Division, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia
    • Correspondence to: Dr. Emilio G. Martinez, Department of Medicine, Health Sciences Division, Universidad del Norte, Room 3–9E, Km.5 Vía Puerto Colombia, Barranquilla, Colombia. E-mail: egmartinez@uninorte.edu.co

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  • Rafael Tuesca

    1. Department of Public Health, Health Sciences Division, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia
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  • Part of this work was presented during Mobile Computing in Medical Education Conference at Indiana University, School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, on 31 May 2013.

Abstract

As part of an institutional program sponsored by the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia, we developed an educational research study on two sessions of human anatomy in which we combined team-based learning (TBL) and the use of iPads. Study data included the TBL, assessments applied during the course, student's grades on mid-term examinations and students' perceptions of their experiences. Students reported a positive attitude toward the use of the TBL sessions, and the results showed a significant improvement in their learning between the first and second sessions. Significantly positive correlations (P < 0.05) were obtained between (a) the individual students' readiness test performance 1 and mid-term examination 1, (b) the individual readiness test performances from Session 1 to Session 2, and (c) the group readiness test performances from the first and second sessions. These results point to positive learning experiences for these students. Analyses of the students' reflections on their activities also pointed toward future challenges. Anat Sci Educ 7: 399–405. © 2014 American Association of Anatomists.

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