Students' Attitudes Towards the Hypermedia Learning Environment "Physics for Medical Students"

Heike Theyßen []
Institute for Science Education
Otto-Hahn-Allee 1      
University of Bremen   
P.O. Box 330 440      
D - 28334 Bremen, Germany 

English Abstract

At the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, a hypermedia learning environment (HML) called "Physics for Medical Students" has been developed and evaluated (Theyßen, 2002; Theyßen & Hüther, 2003). For already several terms now it has been an integral part of physics education of medical students at three German universities. Students do not participate in the traditional lab work session any more, but instead work out the same content by means of the HML. This implementation of e-learning at university level was evaluated with regard to several aspects.

This paper deals with the students' attitudes towards the HML, especially concerning its advantages and disadvantages compared to a lab work session. The methods and results of two subsequent surveys are presented and discussed below.

German Abstract

An der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf wurde eine hypermediale Lernumgebung zur "Physik für Mediziner" entwickelt und evaluiert (Theyßen 2002, Theyßen & Hüther 2003). Diese Lernumgebung ist bereits seit sieben Semestern fester Bestandteil der Physikausbildung Medizinstudierender an drei deutschen Universitäten. Die Studierenden nehmen nicht an den herkömmlichen Praktikumsversuchen teil, sondern bearbeiten die gleichen Inhalte mit Hilfe der hypermedialen Lernumgebung. Diese eLearning-Implementation in der Hochschullehre wurde unter verschiedenen Aspekten evaluiert.

Gegenstand dieses Artikels sind die Einstellungen der Studierenden zur Arbeit mit der hypermedialen Lernumgebung, speziell zu deren Vor- und Nachteilen im Vergleich zu herkömmlichen Praktikumsversuchen. Die Methoden und Ergebnisse zweier aufeinander folgender Befragungen werden im Folgenden vorgestellt und diskutiert.

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e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, MOOCs, ICT, information and communication technology, collaborative learning, internet, interaction, learning management system, LMS,

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