Proposal Title

Comparison of Audio Lecture Supplementation to Traditional Learning Methods in a Physical Therapy Foundational Science Class

Proposal Abstract

The recent advances in classroom technology is exploding leaving instructors numerous supplemental options for students to solidify and advance their knowledge. Audio lectures are one method to facilitate a student’s learning by allowing the opportunity to preview material and review following class. Purpose: To investigate both qualitative and quantitative outcomes in 2 physical therapy cohorts in a graduate physical therapy biomechanics class. Methods: Thirty-six students were in each cohort. Students in the second cohort were provided with supplemental audio lectures through blackboard online learning. Qualtrics® was utilized for both quantitative and qualitative survey questions addressing the student’s use and perceived learning from the audio lectures. Results: A total of 26/36 surveys were completed. Students in the second cohort reported engaging in each optional audio lecture a total of 2.7 (+/- .7) times reporting a common theme of appreciating the ability to review concepts, pause and rewind to ensure clarity. The overall average exam scores in the second cohort increased by 2% noting a significant improvement in the lower achieving student scores. Discussion/Conclusion: Supplemental lectures improved exam scores, overall grades and were recommended by students to implement in future courses. Supplemental online lectures allow for preview of material prior to and review following lecture and/or throughout their graduate curriculum.

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Room 113

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Comparison of Audio Lecture Supplementation to Traditional Learning Methods in a Physical Therapy Foundational Science Class

Room 113

The recent advances in classroom technology is exploding leaving instructors numerous supplemental options for students to solidify and advance their knowledge. Audio lectures are one method to facilitate a student’s learning by allowing the opportunity to preview material and review following class. Purpose: To investigate both qualitative and quantitative outcomes in 2 physical therapy cohorts in a graduate physical therapy biomechanics class. Methods: Thirty-six students were in each cohort. Students in the second cohort were provided with supplemental audio lectures through blackboard online learning. Qualtrics® was utilized for both quantitative and qualitative survey questions addressing the student’s use and perceived learning from the audio lectures. Results: A total of 26/36 surveys were completed. Students in the second cohort reported engaging in each optional audio lecture a total of 2.7 (+/- .7) times reporting a common theme of appreciating the ability to review concepts, pause and rewind to ensure clarity. The overall average exam scores in the second cohort increased by 2% noting a significant improvement in the lower achieving student scores. Discussion/Conclusion: Supplemental lectures improved exam scores, overall grades and were recommended by students to implement in future courses. Supplemental online lectures allow for preview of material prior to and review following lecture and/or throughout their graduate curriculum.