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Qstream Helps Charles Darwin University Innovate its Clinical Sciences Programs

Charles Darwin University Boosts Knowledge and Performace in Clinical Sciences Programs with Qstream  

With nearly 99% student satisfaction ratings in post semester surveys, Qstream’s mobile platform helped one of Australia’s top research universities to successfully transform its Anatomy and Physiology curriculum.

The Challenge

The Anatomy and Physiology units in the School of Psychological and Clinical Sciences have large student enrollments, and are required fi rst-year courses for many of the University’s healthcare degree programs. Given the abundance of critical information students are required to master, instructors sought more innovative methods of reinforcing the understanding and retention of core concepts. Instructors also needed a way to quickly identify knowledge gaps in order to address them proactively during the semester.

The Solution

Professor Timothy Skinner, Head of the School, had successfully used Qstream’s mobile knowledge reinforcement platform in his own research and introduced the platform to Dr. Henrik Pallos, Senior Lecturer and First Year Coordinator of Anatomy and Physiology. Dr. Pallos enthusiastically adopted Qstream to cater to his students’ learning needs. With an approach that is proven to increase retention of core content in medical settings by up to 170%, Qstream was identified as an innovative way to boost knowledge and performance in the School. Within a few weeks, The Game of Brains, as it is known among Anatomy and Physiology students at CDU, was born.

When asked about his decision to implement Qstream, Dr. Pallos explained, “CDU has a large off-campus student cohort, and being an external student is often challenging and can be an isolating experience. I saw the mobile Qstream platform as an opportunity to help maintain the connection with my students and make them feel a part of a learning community. They need to feel that they are not alone in their studies.”

Dr. Pallos deployed Qstream to 518 students in the Anatomy and Physiology unit, divided into 11 cleverly named teams representing organ systems. With access from any mobile device, students responded to scenario-based challenges, followed by robust explanations. Based on their responses, students competed for points within the application, which then translated into points toward their grade for the semester. Qstream’s analytics engine examined the students’ response data to provide real-time reports and trends on both group and individual strengths and weaknesses, allowing Dr. Pallos to identify and focus on specific knowledge gaps within the student population.

The Results

Throughout the ten-week program, students engaged in a fun, motivating competition with their classroom peers, while benefiting from important reinforcement of key concepts taught in lectures. After completing their Qstreams, student evaluations of the experience were extremely positive. Almost all (98.86%) of the 264 students who responded to the semester-end survey said they would recommend Qstream to new students, and 98.11% showed interest in using Qstream to support future clinical studies. More than 95% of the students rated Qstream as ‘effective’ or ‘very effective’ in helping them retain critical course information.

When asked, ‘What did you like about Qstream?’ student responses included comments such as:

“Loved it! Acts as a personal tutor to studying anatomy, constantly focusing on your weaknesses in areas that need to improve.”

“It was a fun way to learn and absorb information from the lectures.”

“An innovative way to study.”

“It is easy to access from my mobile phone, anywhere that I am. And it’s a reminder every night on the topics covered throughout the week.”

Based on such encouraging responses from students, Dr. Pallos has plans to extend the use of Qstream in future semesters with 12 new teams named after the cranial nerves!

About Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University is the only Australian university to offer the full spectrum of education options from senior secondary, through to VET, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Times Higher Education ranks CDU in the top two percent of universities in the world and among the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old. CDU attracts students from around the world with 22,000 students currently enrolled.

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