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Promoting long term knowledge retention by use of KEEpad audience response system.

Sawdon, M. (2010) 'Promoting long term knowledge retention by use of KEEpad audience response system.', Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference 2010 Glasgow, UK, 4-8 Sep 2010.


Background: Knowledge retention following didactic teaching decays at an undesirable rate. The use of audience response systems (ARSs) has been suggested to improve and facilitate learning in a lecture by increasing student participation, giving feedback, and improving knowledge retention. Summary of work: 102 medical students attended lectures incorporating the use of the ARS KEEpad. KEEpad was used to ask the students an MCQ before the lecture; at the end of the lecture; and 1 & 4 weeks later. Evaluation forms (Likert scale) completed by students included the following statements; The KEEpad audience response system; gives me feedback on my progress, aids my knowledge recall and consolidates my knowledge. Summary of results: On first exposure to the question 46±16% (mean±SD of 19 questions) of the class selected the correct answer using KEEpad. Immediately post lecture this increased to 66±20%. One week post lecture 77±22% and 4 weeks post lecture 79±14%. Evaluation forms showed student satisfaction regarding use of KEEpad was 99%, 99% and 98% for the above statements. Conclusions: We have found that knowledge retention is better than by conventional methods using KEEpad, and students love it! The low cost and flexibility of this approach makes it ideal in a number of teaching settings. Take home message: KEEpad increases knowledge following lectures

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