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Impact of COVID-19 on academic activities and way forward in Indian Optometry.
J Optom. 2020 Oct - Dec; 13(4):216-226.JO

Abstract

PURPOSE

Academia is experiencing massive reforms globally amid lockdown in COVID-19 outbreak. This study is aimed to apprehend the enabling and impeding factors of these reforms, with a focus on optometry education. It brings together how the Indian optometry educational system has responded to COVID-19 disruptions with findings of the 2020 survey, in light of similar survey done in 2018.

METHODOLOGY

A cross-sectional survey was designed to find changes in optometry training and adaptations of Indian optometry educators amid COVID 19 lockdown. In the last week of April 2020, on the observation that the majority of optometry institutions have switched their teaching-learning activities on e-learning mode, an online survey was conducted using a validated questionnaire containing a mix of open and close-ended questions.

RESULTS

Seventy-three out of 78 optometry educators (93.58%) have switched to e-learning mode in a very short time span with good confidence. Most teaching-learning and assessment activities are carried out using multi-device supporting video conferencing tools, dedicated educational portals and social media apps.

CONCLUSION

The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be a constructive disruptor, giving an opportunity for restructuring the present conventional, classroom based educational system. The quick transitions to online mode assisted in keeping continuity of optometry education programs, effectively fitting in the purpose of completion of the current academic year. The rapid transition to online education has not only benefited optometry students but also has created a momentum of continued education for practicing optometrist in the country.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Optometry, Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka State, India. Electronic address: vidyutrajhans@hotmail.com.Nagar School of Optometry, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.Department of Optometry, MGM School of Biomedical Sciences, MGMIHS, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, India.Sankara College of Optometry, Bangalore, India.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32703749

Citation

Rajhans, Vidyut, et al. "Impact of COVID-19 On Academic Activities and Way Forward in Indian Optometry." Journal of Optometry, vol. 13, no. 4, 2020, pp. 216-226.
Rajhans V, Memon U, Patil V, et al. Impact of COVID-19 on academic activities and way forward in Indian Optometry. J Optom. 2020;13(4):216-226.
Rajhans, V., Memon, U., Patil, V., & Goyal, A. (2020). Impact of COVID-19 on academic activities and way forward in Indian Optometry. Journal of Optometry, 13(4), 216-226. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.optom.2020.06.002
Rajhans V, et al. Impact of COVID-19 On Academic Activities and Way Forward in Indian Optometry. J Optom. 2020 Oct - Dec;13(4):216-226. PubMed PMID: 32703749.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Impact of COVID-19 on academic activities and way forward in Indian Optometry. AU - Rajhans,Vidyut, AU - Memon,Usman, AU - Patil,Vidula, AU - Goyal,Aditya, Y1 - 2020/06/13/ PY - 2020/05/12/received PY - 2020/06/02/revised PY - 2020/06/08/accepted PY - 2020/7/25/pubmed PY - 2020/10/3/medline PY - 2020/7/25/entrez KW - ‘COVID-19 pandemic’ KW - ‘Competency-based education’ KW - ‘Educational technology’ KW - ‘Online education’ KW - ‘Optometry education’ KW - “Aprendizaje electrónico” KW - “COVID-19” KW - “Crisis pandémica” KW - “Educación basada en la competencia” KW - “Educación en línea” KW - “Educación en optometría” KW - “Tecnología educativa” SP - 216 EP - 226 JF - Journal of optometry JO - J Optom VL - 13 IS - 4 N2 - PURPOSE: Academia is experiencing massive reforms globally amid lockdown in COVID-19 outbreak. This study is aimed to apprehend the enabling and impeding factors of these reforms, with a focus on optometry education. It brings together how the Indian optometry educational system has responded to COVID-19 disruptions with findings of the 2020 survey, in light of similar survey done in 2018. METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional survey was designed to find changes in optometry training and adaptations of Indian optometry educators amid COVID 19 lockdown. In the last week of April 2020, on the observation that the majority of optometry institutions have switched their teaching-learning activities on e-learning mode, an online survey was conducted using a validated questionnaire containing a mix of open and close-ended questions. RESULTS: Seventy-three out of 78 optometry educators (93.58%) have switched to e-learning mode in a very short time span with good confidence. Most teaching-learning and assessment activities are carried out using multi-device supporting video conferencing tools, dedicated educational portals and social media apps. CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be a constructive disruptor, giving an opportunity for restructuring the present conventional, classroom based educational system. The quick transitions to online mode assisted in keeping continuity of optometry education programs, effectively fitting in the purpose of completion of the current academic year. The rapid transition to online education has not only benefited optometry students but also has created a momentum of continued education for practicing optometrist in the country. SN - 1989-1342 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32703749/Impact_of_COVID_19_on_academic_activities_and_way_forward_in_Indian_Optometry_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1888-4296(20)30055-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -