BACKGROUND: Students often receive little feedback after summative objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) to enable them to improve their performance. Electronic audio feedback has shown promise in other educational areas.
AIM: We investigated the feasibility of electronic audio feedback in OSCEs.
METHODS: An electronic OSCE system was designed, comprising (1) an application for iPads allowing examiners to mark in the key consultation skill domains, provide "tick-box" feedback identifying strengths and difficulties, and record voice feedback; (2) a feedback website giving students the opportunity to view/listen in multiple ways to the feedback. Acceptability of the audio feedback was investigated, using focus groups with students and questionnaires with both examiners and students.
RESULTS: 87 (95%) students accessed the examiners' audio comments; 83 (90%) found the comments useful and 63 (68%) reported changing the way they perform a skill as a result of the audio feedback. They valued its highly personalised, relevant nature and found it much more useful than written feedback. Eighty-nine per cent of examiners gave audio feedback to all students on their stations. Although many found the method easy, lack of time was a factor.
CONCLUSIONS: Electronic audio feedback provides timely, personalised feedback to students after a summative OSCE provided enough time is allocated to the process.
- Clinical Competence
- Computers, Handheld
- Educational Measurement/methods
- Feedback, Sensory
- Formative Feedback
- Mobile Applications