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Int J Pharm Pract. October 5, 2021: riab064. doi: 10.1093 / ijpp / riab064. Online ahead of print.
OBJECTIVES: To explore the experiences and challenges of pharmacy schools around the world with the transition to online education during the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19).
METHODS: Across the six regions of the World Health Organization, 28 countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases have been identified and 111 faculties of pharmacy were randomly selected from these countries. Two online surveys were sent to faculty members and senior managers. They assessed changes in teaching and learning, experiential training, assessment, preparation and challenges related to distance online learning and work-related stress.
MAIN FINDINGS: Data was collected from 46 colleges. The majority (80.4%) of colleges have switched to online distance learning. On-site experiential training was discontinued in 55.5% of colleges and 25.0% redesigned on-site training into distance learning experiences. Assessments were changed in 75.9% of colleges. Ensuring the integrity of assessments and delivering hands-on lessons were the most important challenges for faculty. The majority of faculty (75.0%) and administrators (61.9%) reported moderate work-related stress. Nonetheless, most academics felt that they were receiving adequate support from their institutions and had a positive perception of the transition to distance online learning during the pandemic.
CONCLUSIONS: The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated drastic changes in the teaching methods of most programs. Our results showed that educational institutions were to some extent able to support faculty and that the needs of educational programs were largely met. However, academic rigor and the provision of experiential training can be improved. The emotional support and training needs of teachers have not been fully taken into account in these difficult times. These findings shed light on how the Global Academy of Pharmacy has approached the COVID-19 pandemic and help to rethink models of crisis response.
PMID: 34609503 | DOI: 10.1093 / ijpp / riab064