Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 12; Issue 1 (March 2024)

Page No.: 8834-8839

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2023.251

The Use of an Audience Response System in a Dental Gross Anatomy Practical Exam

Maha Ahmad 1, Fadia Hanna 1, Naama Sleiman 1, Douglas A. MacDonald 2.

*1 University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208-2576.

2 University of Detroit Mercy, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 4001 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221-3038.


Maha Ahmad: 0000-0001-6960-4388

Naama Sleiman: 0000-0002-0442-8878

Douglas A. MacDonald: 0000-0002-2100-1526

Corresponding Author: Maha Ahmad, Associate Professor, Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208-2576, E-Mail: Ahmadmk1@udmercy.edu


Background: Traditional methods for administering and scoring gross anatomy practical laboratory examinations are time and resource-intensive and can be susceptible to errors in grading. Alternative approaches, such as audience response systems (e.g., clickers) and computerized scoring, appear to hold promise to improve the examination experience for students and improve the efficiency and accuracy of grading.

Method: To assess perceptions of using such systems, two cohorts of students who completed the gross anatomy practical examination using clicker technology at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry were invited to complete the survey.

Results: A total of 155 students completed the study. Responses reflect a mostly positive appraisal of the use of clicker technology by most students. In particular, students reported that submitting responses was easier and that the speed of grading and feedback on examination performance improved considerably.

Conclusion: Based on the survey results, the use of audience response systems appears to have more benefits than liabilities and seems to be a worthwhile technology to use for practical laboratory examinations.

Keywords: Gross Anatomy, Practical Examination, Clickers, Audience Response System.


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Cite this article: Maha Ahmad, Fadia Hanna, Naama Sleiman, Douglas A. MacDonald. The Use of an Audience Response System in a Dental Gross Anatomy Practical Exam. Int J Anat Res 2024;12(1):8834-8839. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2023.251