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Redesigning Biomedical Science Practicum towards a New Frontier

Ooi Yin Yin, Adeline Chia Yoke Yin, Teoh Ming Li, Lee Sau Har, Tang Yin Quan, Chua Lin Lin, Looi Chung Yeng, Ng Woei Kean, Tor Yin Sim, and Phelim Yong Voon Chen

Abstract—Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, majority of the Biomedical Science students were not able to undergo their clinical internship at diagnostic laboratories and this has created an impact on students’ skills and the future of the Malaysian healthcare system. Hence, our objective was to implement arevolutionized Biomedical Science practicum completely in a virtual environment, without compromising the learning outcomes during the pandemic in 2021. To achieve the intended learning outcomes, various online teaching-learning and assessment activities were carefully curated in accordance to standard program guidelines, learning outcomes, student learning time and thorough analysis of actual student logbooks. Learning materials were reinforced with various initiatives such as actual engagements with real-life scenarios via synchronous meetings with external panelists from hospitals. Online video-log (Vlog) and a logbook of daily activities were used as part of the assessment to ensure that students were able to learn and reflect on the activities performed. The study showed that all students displayed increased confidence levels in medical laboratory skills. They were also able to apply them in real-life situations due to the clear instructions and realistic experience via the virtual learning activities. Therefore, students who participated in the virtual practicum demonstrated almost similar levels of performance when compared to the students who went for physical practicums in the year 2020. Our virtual practicum has achieved its intended outcomes of empowering students with similar skills as those who underwent physical clinical placements in diagnostic laboratories. Those skills include successful acquisition of discipline-specific knowledge, collaborative and communication skills, as well as solid experimental methods and good laboratory practices.

Index Terms—Biomedical Science, diagnostic laboratory, virtual internship.

Ooi Yin Yin, Adeline Chia Yoke Yin, Teoh Ming Li, Lee Sau Har, Tang Yin Quan, Chua Lin Lin, Looi Chung Yeng, Ng Woei Kean, and Tor Yin Sim are with School of Biosciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Taylor’s University, Malaysia (e-mail: yinyin.ooi@taylors.edu.my).
Phelim Yong Voon Chen is with School of Biosciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Taylor’s University, Malaysia and Taylor’s Centralised Laboratories, Taylor’s University, Malaysia.

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General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2021: 1.3), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Electronic Journals Library, Google Scholar, Crossref, etc.
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