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The evaluation of an open source online training system for teaching 12 lead electrocardiographic interpretation

Breen, Cathal; Zhu, Tingting; Bond, Raymond; Finlay, Dewar; Clifford, Gari


Tingting Zhu

Raymond Bond

Dewar Finlay

Gari Clifford


The aim of this study is to present and evaluate the integration of a low resource JavaScript based ECG training interface (CrowdLabel) and a standardised curriculum for self-guided tuition in ECG interpretation.

Participants practiced interpreting ECGs weekly using the CrowdLabel interface to assist with the learning of the traditional didactic taught course material during a 6 week training period. To determine competency students were tested during week 7.

A total of 245 unique ECG cases were submitted by each student. Accuracy scores during the training period ranged from 0–59.5% (median = 33.3%). Conversely accuracy scores during the test ranged from 30 – 70% (median = 37.5%) (p < 0.05). There was no correlation between students who interpreted high numbers of ECGs during the training period and their marks obtained.

CrowdLabel is shown to be a readily accessible dedicated learning platform to support ECG interpretation competency.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 11, 2016
Publication Date 2016-05
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2022
Journal Journal of Electrocardiology
Print ISSN 0022-0736
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
Issue 3
Pages 454-461
Keywords E Learning, ECG, Pedagogy, Assessment, Healthcare Science
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