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OFAI-TR-97-13

Erfahrungen mit einem selbst entwickelten, WWW-basierten Lernprogramm für das Medizinisch-Chemische Praktikum

Aurel Botz, Paolo Petta, Dieter Haider, Klaus Rapf, Karl Kremser, Richard März

Web-based learning software supporting self-study in the field of Medical Chemistry was developed and used for the first time in the fall/winter term 96/97. The program is easy to modify since it is structured in two parts: a data base and a shell generating system. It supports preparation for both the entrance examination and the laboratory part of the course. User activities were logged by the server. Additional information was collected with on-line questionnaires and direct observation of student use in the computer clusters.

Our experience shows that self developed software can gain a much higher acceptance than externally generated products if they:

  • are written in the standard language of instruction
  • are integrated into the standard curriculum
  • provide formative assessment by giving immediate feedback
  • prepare students in an efficient manner for their examinations
The learning software was used by at least 18% of all students which is impressive for first time use. The computer clusters of the university hospital was the preferred site of use (56%) but modem dial up from home computers was also used to a significant extent (28%). Our data show that the software was readily accepted as a learning tool. Further development plans for the software are described in the paper.

Keywords: CBT (computer based teaching), Education, World-Wide Web, Evaluation, Knowledge-Intensive Learning

Citation: Botz A., Petta P., Haider D., Rapf K., Kremser K., März R.: Erfahrungen mit einem selbst entwickelten, WWW-basierten Lernprogramm für das Medizinisch-Chemische Praktikum, Zeitschrift für Hochschuldidaktik, 20(4), Wien, 1996.