ABSTRACT: Board game versus lecture-based seminar in the teaching of pharmacology of antimicrobial drugs – a randomised controlled trial
The effectiveness of an educational board game developed to teach the pharmacology of antimicrobial drugs to medical students was compared with the lecture-based seminar as a supplemental tool to improve short- and long-term knowledge retention and the perception of the learning method by students.
A group of 124 students was randomised to board game and control groups. Short-term knowledge retention was assessed by comparing differences in post- and pre-tests scores, and long-term knowledge retention by comparing final examination scores.
Both didactic methods seem to improve short-term knowledge retention to similar extent. Long-term knowledge retention of board game seminar participants was higher than those who attended the lecture-based seminar (ANCOVA, p = 0.035). The effect was most pronounced within 14 days after the intervention (ANOVA, p = 0.007). The board game was well perceived by the students.
The board game seems to be a promising didactic tool, however, it should be further tested to assess its full educational utility.