Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL), Vol 9, No 2 (2017)

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Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the students’ perceptions to the use of 3D electronic models in problem-based learning

Hai Ming Wong, Kuen Wai Ma, Yu Xin Yang, Cynthia Kar Yung Yiu, Yanqi Yang


Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Hong Kong has introduced innovative blended problem-based learning (PBL) with the aid of 3D electronic models (e-models) to Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) curriculum. Statistical results of pre- and post-semester questionnaire surveys illustrated compatibility of e-models in PBL settings. The students’ importance ratings of two objectives “Complete assigned tasks on time” and “Active listener”, and twenty-two facilitator evaluation items including critical thinking and group problem-solving skills had increased significantly. The students’ PBL preparation behavior, attentions to problem understanding, problem analysis, and learning resource quality were also found to be related to online support of e-models and its software. Qualitative analysis of open-ended questions with visual text analytic software “Leximancer” improved validity of statistical results. Using e-model functions in treatment planning, problem analysis and giving instructions provided a method of informative communication. Therefore, it is critical for the faculty to continuously provide facilitator training and quality online e-model resources to the students.

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Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)
ISSN 2073-7904


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