Objectives: Due to the exponential increase of using internet e-learning tools, these have become more and more popular in eduction. So far no studies have been published on the effectiveness of online gait analysis tools for physiotherapy students.The aim of our study is to evaluate the effectiveness of our online gait analysis tool among physiotherapy students on acquiring knowledge and self-confidence concerning gait analysis.
Design: Physiotherapy student groups learning gait analysis for the first time will be randomised in two groups: Intervention Group (IG) and Control Group (CG). The CG will receive traditional lectures on gait analysis without the use of an online tool, while the IG will receive the same traditional lectures plus the use of the online tool during an approximate time period of three weeks.
The online tool consists of three parts: theoretical aspects of gait analysis, practical demonstrations and a self-evaluation part. Then an online multiple choice test (T1) will be performed for both groups, afterwards the two groups switch over and a second test (T2) will be performed after another three weeks of studying. The results of both tests will be analysed and a self confidence questionnaire using a 5-points Likert scale with regards to confidence in performing gait analysis will be used afterward.
Results: Data analysis shows no significant relationship encountered among the two groups in T1, where as in T2, IG seems to had abetter response compared to CG since having more homogeneity and median values. with regards to self confidence with comparison significants,T1 seems to had better response compared to T2 as it has the upper shift of order statistics value of ordinal scale.
Conclusions: The application of E-gait online program would be more beneficial theoretically and practically if it is introduced after testing the initial knowledge of the students and not the other way around.
Alaa Alobaidi– Assistant Professor, College of Health and Medical Technology
Abdulkhaleq Ghalib– Professor of Biostatics, College of Health and Medical Technology
Muna Meften– Lecturer, Institute of Medical Technology
Zainab Baqer– Dentist, Babil Health Department, Almisayab Hospital