Impact and Benefits

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Student Learning Experience

Students expressed high levels of satisfaction with the Problem-Based Learning branched web Virtual Patients. Benefits cited included:

  • interactivity
  • increased engagement, student motivation and group discussion and
  • greater realism

Perhaps most importantly for learning outcomes were the repeated and unprompted statements by students that the inclusion of choices required them to think more and promoted better understanding than paper based cases, and promoted clinical reasoning.

When students were asked to rank Paper PBL, Online PBL and Virtual World PBL, the results were the following:

ranking PBL