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Studies from Technical University Have Provided New Data on Clinical Trials and Studies

May 26, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Clinical Trials Week -- Data detailed on Clinical Research have been presented. According to news reporting from Munich, Germany, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Audience response (AR) systems are increasingly used in undergraduate medical education. However, high costs and complexity of conventional AR systems often limit their use."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Technical University, "Here we present a novel AR system that is platform independent and does not require hardware clickers or additional software to be installed. 'OnlineTED' was developed at Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) based on Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) with a My Structured Query Language (MySQL)-database as server-and Javascript as client-side programming languages. 'OnlineTED' enables lecturers to create and manage question sets online and start polls in-class via a web-browser. Students can participate in the polls with any internet-enabled device (smartphones, tablet-PCs or laptops). A paper-based survey was conducted with undergraduate medical students and lecturers at TUM to compare 'OnlineTED' with conventional AR systems using clickers. 'OnlineTED' received above-average evaluation results by both students and lecturers at TUM and was seen on par or superior to conventional AR systems. The survey results indicated that up to 80% of students at TUM own an internet-enabled device (smartphone or tablet-PC) for participation in web-based AR technologies. 'OnlineTED' is a novel web-based and platform-independent AR system for higher education that was well received by students and lecturers."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "As a non-commercial alternative to conventional AR systems it may foster interactive teaching in undergraduate education, in particular with large audiences."

For more information on this research see: novel web-based audience response system for higher education. A pilot study to evaluate user acceptance. Gms Zeitschrift Fur Medizinische Ausbildung, 2014;31(1):Doc5 (see also Clinical Research).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting F. Kuhbeck, Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM), Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Munich, Germany. Additional authors for this research include S. Engelhardt and A. Sarikas.

Keywords for this news article include: Munich, Europe, Germany, Clinical Research, Clinical Trials and Studies.

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