Medical Podcasting in Iran; Pilot, Implementation and Attitude Evaluation

  • Pouria Heydarpour Student Scientific Research Center (SSRC), School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Nima Hafezi-Nejad Student Scientific Research Center (SSRC), School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Ali Khodabakhsh Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Mohsen Khosravi Student Scientific Research Center (SSRC), School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Shayan Khoshkish Student Scientific Research Center (SSRC), School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Majid Sadeghian Student Scientific Research Center (SSRC), School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Bijan Samavat Student Scientific Research Center (SSRC), School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Ali Faturechi Student Scientific Research Center (SSRC), School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Parvin Pasalar Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Ahmad Reza Dehpour Mail Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Keywords:
Education, Internet, Pharmacology, Webcast

Abstract

Podcasting has become a popular means of transferring knowledge in higher education through making lecture contents available to students at their convenience. Accessing courses on media players provides students with enhanced learning opportunities. Development of teaching methods able to cope with ever-changing nature of medicine is crucial to train the millennium students. Pharmacology education in Tehran University of Medical Sciences has been based on lectures so far; our aim was to implement a pilot study to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of offering the course contents as podcasts as well as evaluating whether such program can be feasible in our educational program. 46% of students downloaded the podcast according to our download center. 48% favored usage of both internet and DVD-ROM concurrently. Overall 96% of students perceived that podcasting had a positive impact on their learning in pharmacology course. Our results indicate that most of attendants proposed the positive yields of podcasting despite low usage of it, mainly as a pre-class preparing tool.

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How to Cite
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Heydarpour P, Hafezi-Nejad N, Khodabakhsh A, Khosravi M, Khoshkish S, Sadeghian M, Samavat B, Faturechi A, Pasalar P, Dehpour AR. Medical Podcasting in Iran; Pilot, Implementation and Attitude Evaluation. Acta Med Iran. 51(1):59-61.
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