Comparative Assessment of Problem Based and Web- based Learning in Neurophysiology

  • Varghese Anne Department of Physiology, MOSC Medical College, Kolenchery, Kerala- 682311, INDIA
  • Celine C Department of Community Medicine, MOSC Medical College, Kolenchery, Kerala-682311, INDIA
Keywords: Problem-based Learning (PBL), Web-based Learning (WBL), 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.

Pie chart showing the proportion of feedback responders in favour of intervention
How to Cite
Anne, V., & C, C. (2019). Comparative Assessment of Problem Based and Web- based Learning in Neurophysiology. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Physiology, 5(4), 184-188.