The high rate of absenteeism in the courses led us to offer virtual classrooms to better meet the expectations of students who may have geographical constraints. The objectives of this study were: to compare student's knowledge acquisition and satisfaction between virtual and traditional face-to-face classroom and to determine potential factors that may correlate with the level of knowledge acquisition following both type of courses.
Our study included fifth-year medical students attending the course of facial traumatology, who voluntarily participated either in virtual or traditional classroom. Students’ knowledge acquisition was evaluated through a multiple-choice questions test. A second questionnaire aimed to determine factors potentially correlated with students’ knowledge acquisition and to evaluate their satisfaction. Results of questionnaire no 1 were compared between virtual and traditional classroom. Additionally, a correlation study was performed between the results of questionnaire no 1 and the factors listed in questionnaire no 2.
One hundred thirty-six students participated to the course (virtual: 64, traditional: 72). Knowledge acquisition and concentration level didn’t significantly differ between the two groups. Knowledge acquisition was positively correlated with the intensity of study of the course topic prior to the class only in traditional classroom (P<10−2). The main listed advantage of the virtual classroom was its flexibility particularly for students with geographical constraints (15/28).
Considering there is no noticeable difference in knowledge acquisition between virtual and traditional classroom, we will continue virtual classroom in parallel with traditional classroom and extend it to the other courses of our field.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Virtual classroom, Traditional classroom, Medical teaching, Maxillo-facial traumatology