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Published on:27th Dec, 2014
Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, 2015; 49(1):18-25
Pharmaceutical Education | doi:10.5530/jper.49.1.3

Learning the Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine by Using Computer Courseware: A Preliminary Study


Authors and affiliation (s):

Shih Yu-ChihD1, Lee, Yuan-Wen2,3, Tseng Sung-Hui4,5, Chien Shu-Chen6,7, Wang Ching-Chiung8*

1Department of English Language and Literature, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan

2Department of Anesthesiology, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

3Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan

4Department of Rehabilitation, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

5Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan

6Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan

7Department of Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

8School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan

Abstract:

Context: The knowledge and terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine are abstract and difficult for students and the public to understand in the present day. Aim: This article describes the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine computer courseware on DVD and the study done for determining whether instructions designed digitally are as effective as the instructions explained in the traditional lectures for students to acquire awareness of the abstract concepts and terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Settings and Design: Two units on Traditional Chinese Medicine were taught to 198 Taiwanese students: 153 students studied using the traditional classroom lecture method and 45 students studied using computer courseware on DVD. Results: Quantitative data on pre-test and post-test and qualitative data on open-ended responses regarding the experience of using the courseware were collected and analyzed. The post-test scores of both the lecture group and DVD courseware group were significantly higher than the pre-test scores. However, the results showed that the score gains between the pre-test and post-test scores of the two groups did not differ. Qualitative responses demonstrated that the students responded positively to using courseware. Since we are not denying the effectiveness of the face-to-face lectures, this result indicated that welldesigned courseware is as effective as classroom lectures. Digital materials on the DVD courseware could assist learners for autonomous learning.

Key words: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Computer courseware, digital learning, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Taiwanese college learners, instructional design, animated story.

 

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The Official Journal of Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI)
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