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A Comparative Study of Online and In-class Problem-Based Learning for Nurse Anesthetists

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P. Vichitvejpaisal ,

Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10700, TH
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T. Panjamawat,

217 SoiThoedthai 66, Bang Wa, Phasi Charoen, Bangkok 10160, TH
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P. Varasunun

Department of Education, Faculty of Education and Development Sciences, Kasetsart University Kamphaeng Saen Campus, Nakhon Pathom 73140, TH
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Abstract

Objective: To compare the online (OPBL) and in-class problem-based learning (IPBL) in terms of educational achievement.

Methods: A pre-test and post-test study design of a three-week research project was performed in volunteering students of two academic years. After completing the pre-test, the IPBL group underwent a formative assessment. The instructor then held an open discussion for further explanation and clarification. Afterwards, students faced another formative test to earn their achievement scores. The three-hour activities in each learning specification part took place exactly a week apart. On the other hand, the OPBL group performed all tests by logging on to a website. The program not only established their weaknesses and urged them to explore for core knowledge, but also recorded students’ profiles. After three weeks, a post-test was arranged for both groups.

Results: The pre/post-test score and growth of knowledge of the IPBL and OPBL group were 4.57 ± 2.92, 23.74 ± 7.58, 54.32% and 4.94 ± 6.31, 31.67 ± 7.07, 76.01%. There was no statistically significant difference between pre-test scores of the two groups. In both groups, post-test scores were higher than the pre-test ones.

Conclusions: The on-line learning yielded flexible arrangement for self-directed learning (SDL) with better learning achievement. 

How to Cite: Vichitvejpaisal, P., Panjamawat, T. and Varasunun, P., 2017. A Comparative Study of Online and In-class Problem-Based Learning for Nurse Anesthetists. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 11(2), pp.18–24. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v11i2.15
Published on 01 Dec 2017.
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