‘Heart shots’-a classroom activity to instigate active learning

Abraham, Reem Rachel and Vashe, Asha and Torke, Sharmila (2015) ‘Heart shots’-a classroom activity to instigate active learning. Advances in Physiology Education, 39 (3). pp. 189-191. ISSN 1043-4046

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Abstract

The present study aimed to provide undergraduate medical students at Melaka Manipal Medical College (Manipal Campus), Manipal University, in Karnataka, India, an opportunity to apply their knowledge in cardiovascular concepts to real-life situations. A group activity named “Heart Shots” was implemented for a batch of first-year undergraduate students (n � 105) at the end of a block (teaching unit). Students were divided into 10 groups each having 10–11 students. They were requested to make a video/PowerPoint presentation about the application of cardiovascular principles to real-life situations. The presentation was required to be of only pictures/photos and no text material, with a maximum duration of 7 min. More than 95% of students considered that the activity helped them to apply their knowledge in cardiovascular concepts to real-life situations and understand the relevance of physiology in medicine and to revise the topic. More than 90% of students agreed that the activity helped them to apply their creativity in improving their knowledge and to establish a link between concepts rather than learning them as isolated facts. Based on the feedback, we conclude that the activity was student centered and that it facilitated learning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Active learning; cardiovascular physiology; undergraduate medical students.
Subjects: Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Physiology
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 10:00
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2015 10:00
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/144133

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