Impact of utilisation of uncompleted handouts on power point presentations (PPT) in rural Indian medical institute



Introduction: Note taking while attending a PPT requires high
activity of memory and writing process which ultimately leads
to what is called “death by power point” referring to boredom
and fatigue. To overcome this we planned to evaluate the impact
of utilisation of uncompleted handouts given prior to PPT
Methods: Final year MBBS students were divided in 2 batches,
batch A and batch B. For a set of lectures one batch was provided
with handouts before lecture while the other batch was given
lectures only. Crossover was done to avoid bias, all the lectures
being given by the same presenter. At the end of each lecture, a
short questionnaire of 10 Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) was
provided to the students. Mean scores were calculated for lectures
with handouts and without handouts.
Results: For a set of lectures, when batch A was provided with
handouts, the mean score was 28.2; for batch B to which no
handouts were given the mean score was 23.4. Similarly, for
batch B when provided with handouts the mean score was 29.1,
for batch A which was not provided with handouts the mean
score was 24. There was an average increase of 4.2 marks.
Actual gain when handouts were provided was 1.2 marks
per lecture. It was more for the batch comprising of repeater
students as compared to the batch of fresher students. Increase
in attendance was also noted.
Conclusion: Providing uncompleted handouts before a didactic
lecture definitely results in increase in knowledge gain; repeater
students benefit more with uncompleted handouts.

Keywords: Education; Medical education; Undergraduate; Lecture; Lecture notes

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