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International Journal of Morphology

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GINANI, Fernanda; GADELHA VASCONCELOS, Rodrigo  and  GALVAO BARBOZA, Carlos Augusto. Use of Clinical Cases in a Virtual Learning Environment as an Approach to Teaching Human Embryology. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2012, vol.30, n.4, pp.1395-1398. ISSN 0717-9502.

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of virtual learning as an approach to teaching human embryology. For this purpose, clinical cases comprising the six major topics of human embryology were organized into a blog in order to complement the content discussed in the classroom. Scientific articles were made available to reinforce theoretical contents and ethical-humanistic issues were addressed in discussion forums. The mean grades of the students at the end of the semester were compared with those of the previous semester when the method had not been applied. Student perceptions of blog effectiveness were evaluated using an electronic questionnaire. A substantial increase in mean grades was observed compared to the previous class. Analysis of the questionnaires showed that the students considered the blog to be a practical and useful learning tool. In conclusion, the use of clinical cases in a virtual learning environment is an effective tool to teach human embryology.

Keywords : Teaching; Medical education; Embryology; Blog.

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