What is it about?

We provided SMS-based key messages of classroom lectures to a group of final year medical undergraduates, and compared their performance on an MCQ test with those students who had not been provided these messages. We found that this was not helpful in increasing their examination scores.

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Why is it important?

Apparently, all e-learning interventions may not always work positively. One major reason could be that majority of medical students are already studying at high levels and additional inputs do not add on to their performance.


We were looking forward to this study showing us the way to augment knowledge dissemination and retention among medical students, but the results helped us in viewing e-learning interventions in a new light.

Dr Devendra Mishra
Maulana Azad Medical College

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This page is a summary of: Text-Messaging to Supplement Classroom Teaching: A Nonrandomized Controlled Trial, MAMC Journal of Medical Sciences, January 2018, Medknow,
DOI: 10.4103/mamcjms.mamcjms_26_18.
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