Sajani M. Tipnis, Jennifer McKanry, and Paola A. Palma-Sisto.
Medical College of Wisconsin
INTRODUCTION: Student evaluation of core clerkship lectures is important to program development by providing feedback for the content, delivery and perceived relevance of presented materials. Compared to other methods, audience response system (ARS) technology provides an anonymous, non-threatening, easy-to-use method of audience participation in lecture settings.
OBJECTIVE: To compare lecture evaluation response rates obtained using ARS technology versus traditional paper based methods.
CONCLUSION/DISCUSSION: ARS technology increased the response rate of clerkship lecture evaluations compared to traditional paper based methods. The results are encouraging. However, ongoing data collection will identify whether the response rate decreases as the “newness” of the technology wears off. In addition, ARS technology does not allow comments. Therefore, comments still had to be collected in paper format. Further studies are planned to assess the possible differences in scoring for identical lectures, offering more reliable measures of perceived impact of the lecture.