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Table 2 Summary of the module evaluation related to the key EBM competencies

From: Effective or just practical? An evaluation of an online postgraduate module on evidence-based medicine (EBM)

Competency Ask Access Appraise Apply Audit
Learning outcomes aligned with competency? Yes No learning outcomes Yes No learning outcomes Not addressed
Curriculum content aligned with competency? Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
Curriculum material adequate 1 ? Yes No No No N/A
Teaching and learning methods Reading material Reading material Reading material Reading material N/A
Examples Examples Examples
Practicing formulation of questions with peers Demonstration of searches Self-tests
Practicing searching Discussions with peers and tutor
Discussions with peers and tutor Discussions with peers and tutor
Assessment aligned with learning outcomes? Yes No learning outcomes Yes (Not all learning outcomes assessed) No learning outcomes N/A
Level of assessment 2 [[27, 28]] Knows how Knows how Knows how Knows how N/A
Students’ competency Class average: 62% Class average: 62% Class average: 87% Final assignment average: 60% N/A
Students’ self-perceived confidence 3 [[25]] Range of scores: Range of scores: Range of scores: Range of scores: Range of scores:
60-100% (average 85%) 30-100% (average 82%) 40-100% (average 77%) 50-100% (average 84%) 50-100% (average 82%)
Students’ attitude 4 [[24]] 52% positive 46% positive 92% positive 87% positive N/A
48% negative 56% negative 8% negative 13% negative
  1. 1Judgements about adequacy of material related to content on EBM enabling and key competencies, which we compared to the material used in the EBM module.
  2. 2According to Miller’s pyramid of competence [27, 28].
  3. 3According to EPIC scale that measures self-perceived EBM competence on a scale from 0% (no confidence) to 100% (completely confident).
  4. 4Based on Likert score ratings of EBHC statements adapted from Baum (2003), from strongly disagree to strongly agree.