Crowdsourcing to Success?

New software developed at John Hopkins University School of Medicine uses medical student crowd sourcing to create a bank of 16,000 student generated flashcard questions.   Year-to-year exam scores rose slightly, yet several limitations to this study and method are noted.  When comparing exam scores, there was no correlation of score with student, so it is not known if the increase in performance was correlated with students who used the system.  In addition, without faculty oversight of the content, the possibility of misinformation being disseminated rises. – Lee Ann Schein, Ph. D.

Bow, HC, Dattilo, JR, Jonas, AM, Lehmann, CU. A Crowdsourcing Model for Creating Pre-Clinical Medical Education Study Tools. Acad Med. 2013 Jun;88(6):766-70.

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