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International Journal of Morphology

On-line version ISSN 0717-9502

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ALGIERI, Rubén Daniel; MAZZOGLIO Y NABAR, Martín J  and  CASTRO BARROS, Fabián A. Virtual Teaching and Learning Spaces (VTLS) in Splanchnology: Pedagogical Specificities in Topographic Teaching. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2012, vol.30, n.3, pp.908-915. ISSN 0717-9502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022012000300024.

Adherence to virtual teaching and learning spaces (VTLS) and their usefulness when teaching human anatomy have been shown in preliminary studies. The aim was to evaluate performance with a VTLS on Splanchnology rotation by specifying the pedagogical characteristics of its topographic teaching. A cross-sectional observational study was conducted using a VTLS as a pedagogic resource additional to practical works (PW) on Splanchnology. It was implemented in 352 students from the Anatomy course; adherence and performance were assessed through different pedagogical strategies provided in the VTLS, and statistical standards were applied to results. We established specificities in the students' use and working characteristics influencing performance, and achieved better results in PW on the abdomen (86.08% students passed) and image-including tasks (passed PW=81.32%; passed PW with 100% correct answers = 44.53%). The number of weekly hours devoted to work was directly proportional to the average number of logins (R2=0.82) and inversely proportional to average login time (R2=0.84). Our cohort objectified benefits in the study of Splanchnology with a virtual teaching and learning space as a pedagogic resource additional to practical works.

Keywords : Virtual teaching and learning space; Splanchnology; Pedagogy.

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