Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 9; Issue 2.3 (June 2021)

Page No.: 8001-8007

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2021.126

Comparison of two teaching aids: “PowerPoint and Chalkboard” in Undergraduate Anatomy Teaching

Vashishtha K *1, Baidwan S 2, Puri N 3.

*1 Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Dr Y S P Govt Medical College Nahan, HP, India.

2 Professor, Department of Anatomy, Dr Y S P Govt Medical College Nahan, HP, India.

3 Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy, Dr Y S P Govt Medical College Nahan, HP, India.

Corresponding author: Dr Kuntal Vashishtha, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Dr Y S P Govt Medical College, Nahan, HP, India. 173001 Mobile – 8360267662 E-Mail: kuntalvashishtha@ymail.com


Objective: Teaching aids like chalkboard and power point (PPT) have commonly been used in anatomy teaching. With an increasing number of medical seats and introduction of competency-based curriculum, PPT is being preferred. The present study aimed at obtaining the views of medical students on these two teaching aids in learning Anatomy.

Methods: It was a prospective, cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study conducted on medical students of First, second and final professional of a Government Medical College in North India.  Students’ perception was assessed on the basis of a questionnaire in Likert scale. Likert scale 4 and 5 were considered favorable responses. McNemar’s test was used for statistical analysis.

Results: The questionnaires were distributed to 420 students but 412 students participated in study. There were 164 males and 248 females. Students perceived that PPT offered significantly (p value <0.001) better visibility of lecture content, more clarity of the diagrams, structural relations and demonstration of applied aspects as compared to chalkboard. However, chalkboard was preferred over PPT by a significantly higher number of students (p value <0.001) as it enhances the ability to take notes and copy diagrams, develop better understanding of topic, provides better opportunity for student-teacher interaction, stimulates interest in the subject and enhances overall satisfaction and effectiveness of lecture delivery.

Conclusion: The present study, based on students’ responses, highlights the areas of strength of chalkboard and PPT and provides a guide for the teachers for an integrated and appropriate use of both teaching aids for effective lecture delivery.

Key words: Anatomy teaching, Lecture delivery, Chalkboard, Power Point, Medical education.


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Cite this article: Vashishtha K, Baidwan S, Puri N. Comparison of two teaching aids: “PowerPoint and Chalkboard” in Undergraduate Anatomy Teaching. Int J Anat Res 2021;9(2.3):8001-8007. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2021.126