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Effect of Technology on Student Class Performance and Class Absence

Sanjay Sesodia Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, Miami Shores, FL.

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Background:

This study examined the effect of instructional technology availability on the performance of students enrolled in a medical physiology course at a podiatric medical school.

Methods:

Multiple linear regression analysis was used to predict student overall test performance based on instructional technology, Medical College Admission Test score, undergraduate grade point average, and class absence.

Results:

The availability of instructional technology was associated with a small decline in mean test performance and a small increase in class absence. Class absence had a negative effect on test performance only when the technology was available. Total Medical College Admission Test score and grade point average were positively correlated with performance.

Conclusions:

Instructional technology did not enhance absentee student course performance and, indeed, hurt it. Its use as a means of providing access to additional lecture material needs to be reevaluated. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 102(6): 471–476, 2012)

Corresponding author: Sanjay Sesodia, PhD, Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, 11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33161. (E-mail: ssesodia@mail.barry.edu)