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BMC Med Educ. 2009; 9: 6.
Published online Jan 27, 2009. doi:  10.1186/1472-6920-9-6
PMCID: PMC2647683
An analysis of lecture video utilization in undergraduate medical education: associations with performance in the courses
John A McNulty,corresponding author1,2 Amy Hoyt,3 Gregory Gruener,3,5 Arcot Chandrasekhar,3 Baltazar Espiritu,4 Ron Price, Jr,6 and Ross Naheedy6
1Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL, USA
2Ralph P. Leischner Institute for Medical Education, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL, USA
3Office of Educational Affairs, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL, USA
4Department of Medicine, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL, USA
5Department of Neurology, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL, USA
6Information Technologies, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL, USA
corresponding authorCorresponding author.
John A McNulty: jmcnulty/at/lumc.edu; Amy Hoyt: ahoyt/at/lumc.edu; Gregory Gruener: ggruene/at/lumc.edu; Arcot Chandrasekhar: achandr/at/lumc.edu; Baltazar Espiritu: bespirit/at/lumc.edu; Ron Price, Jr: rprice/at/lumc.edu; Ross Naheedy: rnaheed/at/lumc.edu
Received September 22, 2008; Accepted January 27, 2009.
Abstract
Background
Increasing numbers of medical schools are providing videos of lectures to their students. This study sought to analyze utilization of lecture videos by medical students in their basic science courses and to determine if student utilization was associated with performance on exams.
Methods
Streaming videos of lectures (n = 149) to first year and second year medical students (n = 284) were made available through a password-protected server. Server logs were analyzed over a 10-week period for both classes. For each lecture, the logs recorded time and location from which students accessed the file. A survey was administered at the end of the courses to obtain additional information about student use of the videos.
Results
There was a wide disparity in the level of use of lecture videos by medical students with the majority of students accessing the lecture videos sparingly (60% of the students viewed less than 10% of the available videos. The anonymous student survey revealed that students tended to view the videos by themselves from home during weekends and prior to exams. Students who accessed lecture videos more frequently had significantly (p < 0.002) lower exam scores.
Conclusion
We conclude that videos of lectures are used by relatively few medical students and that individual use of videos is associated with the degree to which students are having difficulty with the subject matter.
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