Online teaching and learning in medical education under COVID-19

Yidan ZHU, Hsing Chi VON BERGMANN (Presenter)

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced online teaching and learning to become a reality for teachers in all educational settings. Such a new reality posits an opportunity to bridge the artificial academic boundary and to allow educators from the fields of medical education to coalesce efforts in advancing the knowledge of online teaching and learning. Since spring 2020, all medical schools around the world have struggled to quickly respond to this sudden change in teaching mode. During this pandemic, COVID-19 forced all program personnel to quickly learn to use learning technologies coupled with online/multi-media resources so that teaching would not be discontinued for students who were already admitted to the health sciences professional programs. The studies in online teaching and learning, for all conscientious educators in medicine and/or in dentistry, is not only murky but often unknown (Shappell, et. al., 2017; Vogelsang, et. al., 2018). Educators’/faculty members’ learning must be rapidly supported if their students’ learning needs are to be upheld. This presentation will synthesize the existing literature in the field of online teaching and learning in medical education. Adopting scoping literature review as a research methodology, this study reviewed over 642 academic articles in medical education and identified seven major themes. They are: 1) New technologies in online learning, teaching, and assessment; 2) Teaching and learning strategies and styles; 3) Institutional approaches to online learning; 4) Perceptions/beliefs regarding online learning among individuals; 5) Comparisons between technology-based education and traditional teaching/learning; 6) Global medical education and international online/distance learning; and 7) Inter-professional learning and collaboration online. Based on the seven major themes, this presentation will further discuss how medical educators in health professional preparation programs might use the derived themes to rapidly respond to the online teaching and learning new normal.


SeminarNational Chengchi University–Lingnan University International Research Seminar 2020
Abbreviated titleThe 3rd NCCU-Lingnan International Research Seminar
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China
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Bibliographical note

Abstract published in The 3rd NCCU-Lingnan International Research Seminar : The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Higher Education Policies: International Mobility, Student Learning Outcomes, and Research Development : Program, 2020, p. 22.


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