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Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering and the German Society of Biomaterials

Editor-in-Chief: Dössel, Olaf

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Volume 56, Issue 6


Volume 57 (2012)

Can contextual online exams in practical biomedical education increase comprehension and motivation? A pilot project

Martin Baumann / Volker Perlitz
  • Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, RWTH Aachen University, University Hospital Aachen, 52074 Aachen, Germany
  • Department of Gynecology, RWTH Aachen University, University Hospital Aachen, 52074 Aachen, Germany
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The exclusive reproduction of short-term learned and pool-based contents in examinations may impede development of in-depth understanding. This pilot project suggests an approach useful to overcome this shortcoming by enhancing students’ motivation for comprehensive learning using automatically added contextual questions in electronic examinations. Installed in practical courses teaching pain physiology, digital data acquisition and examination workstations were interlinked via a network connection. The data acquisition software was substantiated by algorithms that evaluated data acquired before their transmission to examination workstations. These data were used by the assessment software operating on these workstations to automatically compose new examination questions. Examinations thus combined pool questions with newly generated questions with authentic digitized data from the preceding course. This helped confront students with questions based on their individual data that had resulted from the courses examined. Formative evaluation showed an increase in motivation and alertness for practical tasks and acquired results. This suggests usefulness of this setting in examining the preparation and comprehension of course contents. There is reason to assume that this approach is suitable to be transferred to other practical courses using digital acquisition of practical and examination data.

Keywords: electronic assessment; online assessment; pain physiology; practical course.

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Corresponding author: Martin Baumann, Applied Medical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, University Hospital Aachen, Pauwelsstrasse 20, 52074 Aachen, Germany Phone: +49-241-8089845 Fax: +49-241-8082442

Received: 2011-07-29

Accepted: 2011-11-15

Published in Print: 2011-12-01

Citation Information: Biomedizinische Technik/Biomedical Engineering, Volume 56, Issue 6, Pages 351–358, ISSN (Online) 1862-278X, ISSN (Print) 0013-5585, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/BMT.2011.027.

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