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Q & A Multimedia Database
At a Glance

After lectures, students use a dynamic multimedia database to submit questions and search for answers.

Faculty organize their responses by key concepts. Their detailed explanations rely on narration and animated illustrations to support the discussion of complex physiological processes

Fig 1: Faculty and student interface

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Students have similar questions during a course. The answers are generally available to only the student that asked the question.

In-class exam review does not cover a wide range of questions and often provides too much detail for those questions asked. In addition, students tend not to ask what is perceived as the "ill formed" question.

Fig 2: Keyword search example

Interactive Multimedia Q & A Database
A database with multimedia enhanced search capabilities delivers content within a short time frame for review in the medical school course.

As a complement to the study of the course material, this tool also has the benefit of fostering and improving faculty - student interaction. Students identify criteria to aid or limit their ability to learn effectively during a lecture.

Hardware includes a streaming media server and a digital drawing tablet with stylus. Faculty use desktop video capture software not only to digitize illustrated explanations. The software also aids the formatting process and posting to the database.

Fig 3: Key word search and results

I) Student interface II) Faculty interface