USE OF VIDEOS TO PRESENT REAL PRACTICAL CASES IN THE LEARNING OF THE SUBJECT OF BIOCHEMISTRY IN THE DEGREE IN PHYSIOTHERAPY
1 University of Granada (SPAIN)
2 Fundación Progreso y Salud, GENyO (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 16th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-8 March, 2022
Location: Online Conference
Some students of the Physiotherapy Degree think that the knowledge of Biochemistry has no applicability in their future professional practice and they drop out of the subject from the beginning of the course, which also interferes with the learning of other subjects, whose knowledge is interconnected with Biochemistry, such as Physiology, Biomechanics, and Nutrition. It is essential to make students understand the importance of Biochemistry knowledge in their future professional practice.
Our main objective is to motivate students through active learning, based on real practical cases, related to current topics of exercise and nutrition that can interfere with health or the metabolic bases of diseases, allowing them to relate and apply theoretical biochemical concepts to their future profession as physiotherapists.
The students of the Physiotherapy degree at the University of Granada and Melilla watched 4 practical cases videos produced for health personnel of the rehabilitation clinic "Fisionat, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy". These videos asked questions about exercise and nutrition and their relationship with health and the metabolic bases of some diseases. After requesting the students' informed consent, they made videos to answer the questions posed. Later, the videos were analyzed and discussed together with all the students in the classroom. In addition, students' opinions were collected through an anonymous questionnaire based on 14 questions, multiple-choice and open-ended questions with optional space provided to elaborate on the answer for evaluating the main objectives of the present study.
61 students have considered that this type of learning has allowed them to integrate the theoretical biochemical concepts (75%), as well as improve their autonomous learning (76%) and communication skills (74%). Furthermore, approximately 73% of the students think that biochemical knowledge is useful for the development of their profession.
The use of videos based on "real" practical cases could be considered a good instrument for learning the subject of biochemistry in the Degree in Physiotherapy, since it motivates and shows students the applicability of biochemical knowledge in the practice of their future profession of physiotherapist.
P. Sanchez and M.I. Rodríguez contributed to the manuscript equally.
Keywords: Practical case, video, biochemistry, Physiotherapy Degree.