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A lecture in medical physiology- PowerPoint versus chalkboard


Rekha Prabhu ,

Taylor‟s University, MY
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School of Medicine
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Kirtana M. Pai,

Manipal University, Manipal, IN
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Department of Physiology, Kasturba Medical College

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Girish Prabhu,

Taylor‟s University, MY
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School of Medicine

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H. Shrilatha

Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, IN
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Department of Physiology
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Background and objectives: Various teaching methodologies have been utilized in medical education, chalk board once was a staple of classrooms, but PowerPoints are now standard in most medical schools. Objectives were a) to understand the student perspective on the use of different teaching modes in Medical Physiology b) to rate the effectiveness of lectures by different modes of teaching.


Method: A lecture in physiology was delivered to two batches of First year of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of surgery (I MBBS) students. For one batch of students the lecture was delivered using PowerPoint, for the second batch of students, the same content was taught using a chalk board. A multiple choice question examination was conducted before (Pre-test) and after (Post-test) delivering the lecture. The students were given a questionnaire to choose between the chalkboard (CB) or PowerPoint (PPT) method for the various attributes.


Results: It was observed that students scored better in the post-test examination, and no significant difference in score was seen between PowerPoint or chalkboard. According to the students, the attributes ―clarity of words‖ (67%), ―stress on important points‖ (52%) and ―summarizations‖ (80%) were best dealt with PowerPoint and chalk board based lectures gave better ―clarity of concepts‖ (71%), ―learning to draw diagrams‖ (67%), ―better understanding of the subject‖ (59%), ―easier note taking‖ (55%). The preferred method for delivering lectures was CB (51%).


Conclusion: Lectures could be improved by utilizing a combination of both chalkboard and PowerPoint, as they each have their own advantages.
How to Cite: Prabhu, R., Pai, K.M., Prabhu, G. and Shrilatha, H., 2014. A lecture in medical physiology- PowerPoint versus chalkboard. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 8(1), pp.72–76. DOI:
Published on 23 Jun 2014.
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