Distance learning process in the context of a pandemic
Keywords:distance learning, quality of education, questionnaire, pandemic
In the context of a pandemic, it is extremely important to know and understand the point of view of students on the issues of the distance learning process, the problems they face, and take into account their suggestions for improving the quality of educational services. The study was aimed at analyzing the anonymous survey of applicants for higher education and studying the objective attitude of the subjects of education to the ways of optimi-
zing distance learning and adapting it in a pandemic. Materials and methods. At the Department of Traumatology and Orthopedics, a randomized study was conducted among the fifth-year students of Medical faculties. Eighty-five students took part in the survey. The questionnaire contained questions on the subject of discussion about the effectiveness of distance learning during quarantine, related to the level and organization of distance learning at home, the presence of peculiar advantages and disadvantages, difficulties arising in the process of studying disciplines, and suggestions for improving distance learning. Results. After the survey, the analysis of the responses of the interviewed students showed, among the advantages of the distance form, an additional incentive to self-organization and high motivation in obtaining knowledge (37.9 %), an increase in free time from classes (12.6 %) and material savings (4.3 %) in the case of transportation costs for arriving at the clinical base. Difficulties in studying disciplines among students (41.3 %) were associated with insufficient knowledge of human anatomy. Among the disadvantages of distance learning (59.8 %), respondents consider the lack of communication with classmates, the lack of direct contact with patients, and excessive workload (17.6 %). Conclusions. The need for distance learning received an approving assessment. Some of the respondents deliberately blamed themselves for the difficulties of distance learning, pointing out the imperfection of the desire to gain knowledge, and personal results of their professional training. The quantitative distribution of the responses received (36.8 %) indicates the need to improve existing methods and constantly search for innovative forms of work with students to teach academic disciplines at the Department of Traumatology and Orthopedics in a pandemic.
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