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Title: Medical students' experiences studying medicine in a distributed medical education network
Supervisor(s): Jones, Tom (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Crawford, Gail (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Ives, Cindy (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Lingard, Lorelei (University of Western Ontario)
Degree: Master of Distance Education (MDE)
Department: Centre for Distance Education
Keywords: medical education
distributed network
Student experience
Issue Date: 16-May-2011
Abstract: Video-conferencing (VC) is a well established educational tool. Using a grounded theory approach, this study explored the experience of medical students studying remotely by VC. A convenience sample of 11 students participated in semi-structured interviews. Constant comparative analysis identified three emerging themes which were refined and verified by a focus group. The key themes were: the effect of VC on the students’ classroom experience, the development of a strong social cohesion between the students, and the impact on student learning. The participants adapted well to VC lectures but expressed reluctance to ask or answer questions in class. Participants felt they became more self-directed and better collaborative learners. Moore’s theory of transactional distance provides a possible explanation for these observations. High transactional distance was evident with less instructor-student interaction, more student-student interaction, and greater student autonomy. Understanding the transactional dynamics in the VC classroom will inform future research and faculty development.
Graduation Date: 2011
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