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Formative assessment with appropriate feedback is an effective method of promoting learning. Software tools are now available to facilitate the delivery of formative self-assessments via the World Wide Web. For the past 5 years, we have offered on-line formative self-assessments in pathology to undergraduate medical students. These assessments, which have(More)
The new medicine program at the University of New South Wales employs scenario-based learning with vertically integrated classes of year 1 and year 2 students, as well as horizontally integrated teaching with no discipline-specific courses. Coinciding with its introduction, we undertook comprehensive revision of the approach to teaching microscopic anatomy(More)
BACKGROUND Online formative assessments have a sound theoretical basis, and are prevalent and popular in higher education settings, but data to establish their educational benefits are lacking. This study attempts to determine whether participation and performance in integrated online formative assessments in the biomedical sciences has measurable effects(More)
BACKGROUND e-learning resources may be beneficial for complex or conceptually difficult topics. Leukaemia is one such topic, yet there are no reports on the efficacy of e-learning for leukaemia. This study compared the learning impact on senior medical students of a purpose-built e-learning module on leukaemia, compared with existing online resources. (More)
Virtual slides are high-magnification digital images of tissue sections, stored in a multi-resolution file format. Using appropriate software, these slides can be viewed in a web browser in a manner that closely simulates examination of glass slides with a real microscope. We describe the successful implementation of teaching microscopic pathology with(More)
We investigated the role of pulmonary lymphocytes in regulating the secretion by alveolar macrophages (AM) of mitogenic activity for lung fibroblasts, in an experimental model of the initial stages of silicotic inflammation and fibrosis. Following intratracheal instillation of silica, pulmonary parenchymal lymphocytes produced a lymphokine(s) that caused(More)
Genetic diseases associated with dynamic mutations in microsatellite DNA often display parent-of-origin effects (POEs) in which the risk of disease depends on the sex of the parent from whom the disease allele was inherited. Carriers of germline mutations in mismatch repair (MMR) genes have high risks of colorectal carcinoma (CRC). We investigated whether(More)
To evaluate components of the pulmonary cellular response to inhaled silica that might be determinants of progression to fibrosis, we developed a model of the early stages of chronic human silicosis. Groups of mice were subacutely exposed either to alpha-quartz or to nonfibrogenic titanium dioxide dust as a control. Induction of lesions by inhaled silica(More)
An interactive computer-assisted learning (CAL) module on glomerulonephritis, previously identified by fourth-year medical students as a difficult topic, was developed. The module comprised background material, case studies, graphics, animation, video and supporting quizzes with feedback. The impact of the module on student learning was evaluated by(More)
BACKGROUND Concept maps can assist learning by integrating new information with existing cognitive structure to facilitate meaningful understanding. The benefits of testable concept maps to illustrate cause-and-effect sequences in the pathogenesis of disease have not yet been determined. PURPOSE A controlled trial was employed to evaluate the learning(More)