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dr-amr-jamalIn a recent evidence-based medicine workshop, conducted by King Saud University’s the Medical Informatics and e-Learning Unit (MIELU), attendees were introduced to a revolutionary e-voting system called PowerVote, a system that encourages greater audience response. MIELU is encouraging the use of this new e-voting system in classrooms to generate greater student involvement in lectures and workshops in line with the strategic mission to create an innovative and inclusive learning environment.

This workshop, titled “EBM resources in the Palm of your Hand”  was conducted by Dr. Amr Jamal, Head of the Medical Education Department's Medical Informatics and e-learning Unit.

PowerVote is an interactive technology that gathers audience responses in real-time and allows the results to be instantaneously displayed as graphs in PowerPoint presentations. It consists of a lightweight, handheld voting pad with a USB receiver that is plugged into the individual’s PC, and can be used to ask questions, administer surveys and take quizzes.

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Participants use their individual voting pads to choose responses that are tabulated to display results instantly in PowerPoint, as well as providing instantaneous feedback during workshops and lectures.

Since its inception in 2008, MIELU has been responsible for introducing and managing the DxR Clinician System, the Blackboard Learning Management System, Medical LMS, Digital Library, and Question Mark Perception System and for creating the innovative Mobile Computer Lab at King Khalid University Hospital.

Lectures have been traditionally been the staple of classroom education, and while the PowerVote won’t replace the lecture routine, it enhances the educational processes through what is called active learning, in which emphasis is placed on a higher order of thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Research has indicated that the more the student is involved in discussion with peers and instructors, the more knowledge they retain.

Those desiring more information about PowerVote should inquire by emailing through mielu@ksu.sa.

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