Computer based learning is more effective than lectures
Students may be learning more from using their computers than from attending lectures, according to a study published in July.
Research psychiatrists at the School of Medicine, University of Leeds, compared students' use of a computer based multimedia package with lecture based teaching on the subject of anxiety. They found that even though students felt they learned more in the lecture theatre, they gained more from using a computer package.
Dr Chris Williams and his colleagues at the Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science carried out the research. All 197 medical students in the fourth year at Leeds Medical School, undertaking their psychiatry attachment for the first time in the academic year 1998-99, were included in the study. The students were randomly allocated to either lecture or computer based teaching. The same video material on the subject of anxiety was included in the lecture and the computer package, and