Assessment of the Ocular Disease Diagnostic Tutor as a Learning Tool

William E. Sleight, OD


The Ocular Disease Diagnostic Tutor (ODDT) is a computer-based training (CBT) application that emphasizes the recognition and diagnosis of ocular disease. The ODDT is self-paced and deploys a decision-based approach to learning. In this study, the ODDT was used as a supplement to traditional classroom teaching. A randomized study was designed to evaluate whether or not use of the ODDT would improve student performance in the description, diagnosis and management of ocular disease. The evaluation demonstrated that the ODDT user group achieved an average of one standard deviation improvement in performance over tested material.

Key Words: computer-based training, ocular disease, diagnosis, interactive, decision-based learning

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