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Theme: 4BB Teaching tools
Abstract Title: Utilising Google Forms to enhance revision session planning: our experience
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Authors

  • Alexander Yao
  • Monica Parker

Institution

  • Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust - United Kingdom
Take-home Messages

Google Forms is a free, effective and easy tool for teachers to use to enhance revision teaching by focusing on topics students find most difficult.

Background
  • Students benefit most from revision sessions in topics in their curriculum they find most difficult or were poorly covered.
  • Robust free online survey tools are available which can be used to identify these topics prior to teaching and enhance delivery of focused sessions.
Summary of Work
  • As a part of planning process, 4th year medical students were sent an online survey created using Google Forms to ascertain the perceived “difficult topics” in their curriculum.
  • The form contained a mixture of dropdown menus and free text for comments.
  • Data was automatically collected on a spreadsheet by the software for analysis.
  • We allocated the six revision sessions available to the top six topics chosen by students.
  • After delivery, we collected feedback from students regarding the sessions again using Google Forms. 
Summary of Results

Advantages and disadvantages of using Google forms

Advantages Disadvantages
Free Requires online connectivity
Intuitive Requires basic computing competencies
Numerical results easy to analyse Free text more difficult to analyse
No hard copy printing costs Requires email database of recipients
Quick to design and distribute  

Student experience from the revision sessions delivered

  • Student attendance at the revision sessions varied from 50-150 per session.
  • Over 90% of students found the material was relevant to learning outcomes, and pitched at the right level.
  • Over 90% of students thought the presentations were clear and slides useful.
  • 83% of students felt more confident in the topic taught after the session compared to before. 
Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge Dr Richard Frearson and Newcastle Univeristy for their kind support of this revision course and ongoing guidance.

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