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Impact of the Virtual Human Project on Team-based Learning: A Randomized-controlled Trial

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 29, 2015
Last Update Posted : June 29, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Cristiane Comparin, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior.

Brief Summary:
Team-based learning (TBL) is a learner-centered, instructor-directed strategy for small group active learning in large group educational settings. When TBL is conducted correctly, the students' performances are equivalent or improved in comparison to either lecture-based formats or more traditional small group learning models.1 Nevertheless, few studies have been published regarding the insertion of innovative audiovisual tools in the TBL context. The Virtual Human Project is described as powerful sequences of three dimension (3D) computer graphics video of the human body that aids learning by facilitating an understanding in relation to a specific subject. The Virtual Human is composed by video sequences combining anatomy, physiology, and morphology in the context of various diseases. There are video sequences available for many disciplines, including dermatology and with capacity to produce anatomical structures by 3D printer. Despite the incredible potential applications of the Virtual Human, few studies have assessed its impact on medical education. The investigators did not find any study evaluating TBL with the insertion of iconographic educational material that assessed whether this intervention could change the learning progress of students. This is the aim of the present study, by comparing students tests scores after a TBL session with the VIrtual Human videos about leprosy or a standard TBL session, and to evaluate the student's satisfaction with the Virtual Human videos.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Leprosy Device: The Virtual Human Project Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 94 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Educational Virtual Objects (The Virtual Human Project) Assessment Inserted in Learning Based on Team (Team-based Learning) in Leprosy Education on Undergraduate Medical Setting
Study Start Date : July 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2015

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus Genetics related topics: Leprosy

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Exposed
The Virtual Human Project videos and Team-Based learning session about leprosy
Device: The Virtual Human Project
Virtual Human educational videos about leprosy

Placebo Comparator: Unexposed
Standard Team-Based learning session about leprosy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Average of Individual readiness assessment test (IRAT) grades [ Time Frame: One year ]
    The average of the IRAT scores achieved by students

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. The Average of group readiness assessment test (GRAT) grades [ Time Frame: One year ]
    The average of the GRAT scores achieved by students

  2. The Average of clinical case scores [ Time Frame: One year ]
    The average of the clinical case scores achieved by students

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • undergraduate medical students in the third year of Medical School at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • students previously exposed to dermatologic research, extracurricular activities involving dermatology or dermatology rotation in that year
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Responsible Party: Cristiane Comparin, Dr., Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior. Identifier: NCT02484469    
Other Study ID Numbers: 001
First Posted: June 29, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 29, 2015
Last Verified: June 2015
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Mycobacterium Infections
Actinomycetales Infections
Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections
Bacterial Infections