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Introduction of social media learning tool in teaching of Microbiology

Authors:

N. Singla ,

Government Medical College Hospital, Chandigarh, IN
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Department of Microbiology
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M. B. Kumar,

Government Medical College Hospital, Chandigarh, IN
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Department of Microbiology
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D. Badyal

Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, IN
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Department of Pharmacology
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Abstract

Background: Innovation and interaction are two key components which drives successful impartation of any education. Interaction should be increased ‘with students’ and ‘between students’ whenever possible to help develop critical thinking skills and concept clearing. Social media is very active in form of Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp and all these platforms have been used to enhance student learning, peer interaction and communication.

 

Objective: Since this field was yet to be explored IN OUR SETTING, the present study was planned to introduce asynchronous learning via social media using WhatsApp as a teaching-learning tool.

 

Method: The present observational study was conducted with second professional undergraduate medical students. Due permission from the institute ethics committee was taken for conducting the study. Students and faculty sensitization was done regarding use of WhatsApp as a teaching-learning tool. The topic to be taught was chosen and a module was prepared for the same. After the implementation of module, student feedback and faculty feedback was taken via a pre-framed peer validated questionnaire.

 

Results: Students and faculty both accepted and found the method innovative, interesting, stimulating and fun. The platform was found to be effective in clarification of concepts related to subject, self-directed learning and in promoting better teacher student interaction. Faculty agreed that it is a feasible method of teaching but students had mixed views regarding its implementation as a routine method of teaching. Logistically, students felt better time management needed to be there to implement such online teaching modules for better learning and participation.

 

Conclusion: Healthcare is a challenging profession and students should be ready to adapt to all the newer technologies coming up whether in education sector, social or professional.

How to Cite: Singla, N., Kumar, M.B. and Badyal, D., 2020. Introduction of social media learning tool in teaching of Microbiology. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 14(1), pp.53–60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v14i1.188
Published on 25 Aug 2020.
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