AN ON-LINE PLATFORM AS A TOOL TO DEVELOP THE STUDENTS’ LAB NOTEBOOK IN PHYSIOTHERAPY

Background:
The inclusion of the information and communication technologies (ICTs) in higher education has contributed to the implementation of new teaching materials, which overlap with traditional ones. To promote learning, there are different studies about the use of ICTs. Their results show that the utility of the web 2.0 relies, first, on the improvement of knowledge acquisition by students' participation and contribution; and second, on the fact of innovating. At present, several educational experiences, based on the use of these tools, are running. They are designed to enhance collaborative and distance work in order to improve the teaching and learning process. The aim of this paper was to study students’ satisfaction with regard to the use of an on-line platform (google-DRIVE), which allows developing questionnaires and immediate feedback via e-mail.

Material and Methods:
The on-line platform google-DRIVE was used to develop a 5-question test to be done after each laboratory class in the subject of neurorehabilitation in the Physiotherapy Degree of the University of Valencia. A feedback of students´ performance was available in the following hour. This strategy aimed at helping and motivating students in their learning process without overburdening them with the traditional tasks of the lab notebook. A 14-item questionnaire was used to know students´ satisfaction about the utility of this on-line platform; receiving such a quick feedback of their performance in the test; and their learning process.

Results:
177 third- and fourth-year students (111 women) answered the questionnaire. In a 7-point scale, the easiness of use of the on-line questionnaire was rated with an average score of 6.18 (SD=1.15). According to their mean value, it was found useful (M=5.92, SD=1.37); it improved the understanding of concepts studied in class (M=5.54; SD=1.47); it allowed them to review or study concepts (M=5.71; SD=1.41); and it was perceived as a better way to learn the subject (M=5.35; SD=1. 48), indicating it was a good idea (M=6.07; SD=1.31). Therefore, the online questionnaire was beneficial (M=5.92; SD=1.30) as it let them remember concepts studied in class (M=6.14; SD=1.12) and allowed them to better understand the subject concepts (M=5.41; SD=1.52). In general, they were satisfied with the on-line questionnaire (M=5.76, SD=1.31) because it covered their expectations (M=5.44; SD=1.40) and it was satisfactory (M=5.56; SD=1.38). They thought that it was a wise idea (M=5.90; SD=1.36).

Conclusions:
Students are satisfied with this experience to assist doing their lab notebook since it satisfied their expectations. The use of this on-line platform (google-DRIVE) enables better learning of the subject by providing understanding and remembering of concepts, resulting in a positive learning process. In conclusion, the experience of learning through this platform is stimulating and interesting.

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