Using electronic mail for a small-group curriculum in ethical and social issues

TitleUsing electronic mail for a small-group curriculum in ethical and social issues
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsCoulehan, JL, Williams, PC, Naser, C
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume70
Pagination158-60
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsand , Assessment , Assessment, , Course , Development , Evaluation , Materials , Materials, , Pedigogical
AbstractThe article describes an initiative during with two groups of students were formed (1991-92, 1992-93) to analyze and discuss electronically a series of cases posted sequentially through the academic year. Faculty tutors reviewed the students' responses, interacting with the groups and with individual students by e-mail. The final questionaires and assessment of the project showed that students considered this form of discussion to be more educational than the lectures, "live" group discussions, problem-based learning exercises, and formal papers in the medical humanities curriculum; that they made gains in computer literacy; and that NET enhanced their abilities to think about ethical and social issues. The tutors judged that the students had improved their written self-expression as the course progressed.
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