Comparative Assessment of Problem Based and Web- based Learning in Neurophysiology
Background and Aim: Neurophysiology concepts are difficult to understand in the first hearing and to apply in clinical situations too. To fill this gap, the teaching- learning methods have to be modified. This study introduces two learning methods in this scenario and comparatively assesses them. The objective of the study was to compare the problem- based and web - based learning methods in Neurophysiology. And To find the effects of problem- based and web - based learning methods. Methods: The quasi-experimental study was carried out on I MBBS students of MOSC Medical College, Kolenchery, who were divided randomly into two groups: Problem-based Learning group (PBL) and Web-based Learning (WBL) group. Pre and Post- test were administered to the two groups and individual feedback was collected online. Results: The pre and post test marks in the 2 groups did not show any significant difference by Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test (p=0.636 for the PBL group and p=0.051 for the WBL group). Inter-group Post-test score comparison by Mann-Whitney U test gave a non-significant result (p-value=0.056). Conclusion: This indicates that there is no significant intra- or inter- group improvement in the scores obtained. Feedback responses collected from both groups showed proportionately higher number of students wanting more topics to be taken in a similar manner.