Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-36398
Title: COVID-19: a catalyst for the digitization of surgical teaching at a German University Hospital
Author(s): Wolf, Milan Anton
Pizanis, Antonius
Fischer, Gerrit
Langer, Frank
Scherber, Philipp
Stutz, Janine
Orth, Marcel
Pohlemann, Tim
Fritz, Tobias
Language: English
Title: BMC Medical Education
Volume: 22
Issue: 1
Publisher/Platform: BMC
Year of Publication: 2022
Free key words: Surgical education
DDC notations: 610 Medicine and health
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: Background: The summer semester 2020, had to be restructured due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the associated contact restrictions. Here, for the frst time, the established lectures in lecture halls and small group seminars could not be conducted in presence as usual. A possible tool for the implementation of medical teaching, ofers the use of eLearning, online webinars and learning platforms. At present it is unclear how the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic will afect surgical teaching, how digitization will be accepted by students, and how virtual teaching can be expanded in the future. Methods: The teaching, which was previously delivered purely through face-to-face lectures, was completely converted to digital media. For this purpose, all lectures were recorded and were available to students on demand. The seminars were held as a twice a week occurring online webinar. The block internship was also conducted as a daily online webinar and concluded with an online exam at the end. At the end of the semester, a survey of the students was carried out, which was answered by n=192 students with an anonymized questionnaire. The questionnaire inquires about the previous and current experience with eLearning, as well as the possibility of a further development towards a purely digital university. Results: There were n=192 students in the study population. For 88%, the conversion of classes to web-based lectures represented their frst eLearning experience. For 77% of all students, the digitization of teaching led to a change in the way they prepare for class. 73% of the participating students are of the opinion that eLearning lectures should continue to be ofered. 54% of the students felt that eLearning lectures made more sense than face-to-face lectures. A purely virtual university could be imagined by 41% of the students. Conclusion: The conversion of teaching represented the frst contact with eLearning for most students. Overall, the eLearning ofering was experienced as positive. Due to the new teaching structure, the way of learning had already changed during the semester. Based on the new eLearning content, the already existing formats can be further expanded in the future. Nevertheless, it turned out that the practical-surgical contents and skills cannot be adequately represented by purely online ofers; for this, the development of hybrid practice-oriented teaching concepts is necessary.
DOI of the first publication: 10.1186/s12909-022-03362-2
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Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291--ds-363981
ISSN: 1472-6920
Date of registration: 8-Jun-2022
Description of the related object: Supplementary Information
Related object:
Faculty: M - Medizinische Fakultät
Department: M - Chirurgie
M - Neurochirurgie
Professorship: M - Prof. Dr. Tim Pohlemann
M - Keiner Professur zugeordnet
M - Prof. Dr. Matthias Glanemann
Collections:SciDok - Der Wissenschaftsserver der Universität des Saarlandes

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