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Self-Assessed Learning Style Correlates to use of Supplemental Learning Materials in an Online Course Management System.
Medical Teacher
  • Caitlin Halbert, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Richard M. Kriebel, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Robert Cuzzolino, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Patrick Coughlin, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kerin Fresa-Dillon, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
4-1-2011
Abstract
Background: The benefit of online learning materials in medical education is not well defined. Aim: The study correlated certain self-identified learning styles with the use of self-selected online learning materials. Methods: First-year osteopathic medical students were given access to review and/or summary materials via an online course management system (CMS) while enrolled in a pre-clinical course. At the end of the course, students completed a self-assessment of learning style based on the Index of Learning Styles and a brief survey regarding their usage and perceived advantage of the online learning materials. Results: Students who accessed the online materials earned equivalent grades to those who did not. However, the study found that students who described their learning styles as active, intuitive, global, and/or visual were more likely to use online educational resources than those who identified their learning style as reflective, sensing, sequential, and/or verbal. Conclusions: Identification of a student's learning style can help medical educators direct students to learning resources that best suit their individual needs.
PubMed ID
21456993
Comments

This article was published in Medical Teacher, Volume 33, Issue 4, April 2011, Pages 331-333.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/0142159X.2011.542209

Copyright © 2011 Informa Plc.

Citation Information
Caitlin Halbert, Richard M. Kriebel, Robert Cuzzolino, Patrick Coughlin, et al.. "Self-Assessed Learning Style Correlates to use of Supplemental Learning Materials in an Online Course Management System." Medical Teacher Vol. 33 Iss. 4 (2011) p. 331 - 333
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_cuzzolino/2/