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Improving medical students’ learning outcomes: Teaching a web-assisted elective course for fourth-year medical students
Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Conference (2009)
  • Misa Mi, The University of Toledo
  • Marlene Porter, The University of Toledo
  • Jolene Miller, The University of Toledo
  • Jodi Jameson, The University of Toledo
  • Jerry Natal, The University of Toledo
Since 1997, the Mulford Health Science Library at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus (formerly the Medical College of Ohio) has been offering a 3-credit-hour elective course for 4th year medical students. The goal of the course is to provide students with skill sets that are important for them to develop as current students and future health care practitioners. It has been the goal of the library to constantly update course content that would be relevant to the students and to seek innovative course delivery methods to enhance the students’ learning experience. A continuous improvement cycle also calls for continuous monitoring of the students’ reaction, expectations, needs, and learning outcomes. Examination of the previous course design and feedback from former students indicated several areas for improvement in terms of student assignments, evaluation methods, and instruction delivery methods. An instructional systems design model, ADDIE, was applied in redesigning the elective course for optimal learning outcomes. The model consists of 5 phases: analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. The redesign was conducted involving collaborative work by a multidisciplinary team of librarians, instructional designers, a graphic designer, and registrars. Measurement of the effectiveness of the course was achieved through evaluation of students’ reaction, knowledge and skill gains. The poster is to demonstrate how the course was redesigned, developed, implemented, and evaluated as a web-assisted course; and how the redesigned course affected students’ learning and learning outcomes. The course redesign process and outcome measures provide implications for librarians who are considering credit-hour course offerings or intend to improve their existing library education program.
  • medical education,
  • information literacy,
  • for-credit course,
  • online learning
Publication Date
October 5, 2009
Citation Information
Misa Mi, Marlene Porter, Jolene Miller, Jodi Jameson, et al.. "Improving medical students’ learning outcomes: Teaching a web-assisted elective course for fourth-year medical students" Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Conference (2009)
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