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Attitudes and concerns of undergraduate university health sciences students in Croatia regarding complete switch to e-learning during COVID-19 pandemic: a survey.
BMC Med Educ. 2020 Nov 10; 20(1):416.BM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Croatia has closed all educational institutions after 32 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were confirmed and switched to exclusive e-learning. Health sciences university students may have been particularly affected with this change due to a lack of practical education. It is not known how health sciences students and schools have adjusted to exclusive e-learning. This study aimed to explore attitudes and concerns of health sciences students in Croatia regarding the complete switch to e-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

METHODS

Eligible participants were students from 9 institutions offering university-level health sciences education in Croatia enrolled in the academic year 2019/2010, and participating in e-learning. Data were collected with a questionnaire distributed via email during April/May 2020.

RESULTS

A total of 2520 students (aged 25.7 ± 7.7 years) responded to the questionnaire (70.3% response rate). General satisfaction with exclusive e-learning was rated with average grade of 3.7 out of 5. Compared with previous education, exclusive e-learning was rated with average grade of 3.2 out of 5. Compared to classroom learning, equal or higher motivation to attend exclusive e-learning was reported by 64.4% of participants. With a longer duration of exclusive e-learning, equal or higher motivation was reported by 65.5% of participants. Less than half of the students indicated they felt deprived or concerned due to the lack of practical lessons. Most participants indicated that in the future, they would prefer to combine classic classroom and e-learning (N = 1403; 55.7%).

CONCLUSIONS

Most health sciences students were satisfied with the exclusive e-learning, as well as their personal and institutional adjustment to it. Students' feedback can help institutions to improve the exclusive e-learning experience for students in the time of the pandemic.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care, Catholic University of Croatia, Ilica 242, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia. livia.puljak@unicath.hr.Center for Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care, Catholic University of Croatia, Ilica 242, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia.Center for Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care, Catholic University of Croatia, Ilica 242, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia.Center for Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care, Catholic University of Croatia, Ilica 242, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia.Center for Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care, Catholic University of Croatia, Ilica 242, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia.Center for Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care, Catholic University of Croatia, Ilica 242, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia.University Department of Health Studies, University of Split, Split, Croatia.Libertas International University, Zagreb, Croatia.Department of Health Studies, University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia.Department of Nursing, University of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia.Medical school, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Pula, Croatia.Department of Nursing, University North, Varaždin, Croatia.Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health Osijek, Osijek, Croatia.Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

33167960

Citation

Puljak, Livia, et al. "Attitudes and Concerns of Undergraduate University Health Sciences Students in Croatia Regarding Complete Switch to E-learning During COVID-19 Pandemic: a Survey." BMC Medical Education, vol. 20, no. 1, 2020, p. 416.
Puljak L, Čivljak M, Haramina A, et al. Attitudes and concerns of undergraduate university health sciences students in Croatia regarding complete switch to e-learning during COVID-19 pandemic: a survey. BMC Med Educ. 2020;20(1):416.
Puljak, L., Čivljak, M., Haramina, A., Mališa, S., Čavić, D., Klinec, D., Aranza, D., Mesarić, J., Skitarelić, N., Zoranić, S., Majstorović, D., Neuberg, M., Mikšić, Š., & Ivanišević, K. (2020). Attitudes and concerns of undergraduate university health sciences students in Croatia regarding complete switch to e-learning during COVID-19 pandemic: a survey. BMC Medical Education, 20(1), 416. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-020-02343-7
Puljak L, et al. Attitudes and Concerns of Undergraduate University Health Sciences Students in Croatia Regarding Complete Switch to E-learning During COVID-19 Pandemic: a Survey. BMC Med Educ. 2020 Nov 10;20(1):416. PubMed PMID: 33167960.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Attitudes and concerns of undergraduate university health sciences students in Croatia regarding complete switch to e-learning during COVID-19 pandemic: a survey. AU - Puljak,Livia, AU - Čivljak,Marta, AU - Haramina,Ana, AU - Mališa,Snježana, AU - Čavić,Dalibor, AU - Klinec,Dinko, AU - Aranza,Diana, AU - Mesarić,Jasna, AU - Skitarelić,Nataša, AU - Zoranić,Sanja, AU - Majstorović,Dijana, AU - Neuberg,Marijana, AU - Mikšić,Štefica, AU - Ivanišević,Kata, Y1 - 2020/11/10/ PY - 2020/07/02/received PY - 2020/10/29/accepted PY - 2020/11/10/entrez PY - 2020/11/11/pubmed PY - 2020/11/20/medline KW - COVID-19 KW - Coronavirus KW - Croatia KW - Education KW - Health sciences KW - Medical education KW - Pandemic KW - SARS-COV-2 SP - 416 EP - 416 JF - BMC medical education JO - BMC Med Educ VL - 20 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: Croatia has closed all educational institutions after 32 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were confirmed and switched to exclusive e-learning. Health sciences university students may have been particularly affected with this change due to a lack of practical education. It is not known how health sciences students and schools have adjusted to exclusive e-learning. This study aimed to explore attitudes and concerns of health sciences students in Croatia regarding the complete switch to e-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: Eligible participants were students from 9 institutions offering university-level health sciences education in Croatia enrolled in the academic year 2019/2010, and participating in e-learning. Data were collected with a questionnaire distributed via email during April/May 2020. RESULTS: A total of 2520 students (aged 25.7 ± 7.7 years) responded to the questionnaire (70.3% response rate). General satisfaction with exclusive e-learning was rated with average grade of 3.7 out of 5. Compared with previous education, exclusive e-learning was rated with average grade of 3.2 out of 5. Compared to classroom learning, equal or higher motivation to attend exclusive e-learning was reported by 64.4% of participants. With a longer duration of exclusive e-learning, equal or higher motivation was reported by 65.5% of participants. Less than half of the students indicated they felt deprived or concerned due to the lack of practical lessons. Most participants indicated that in the future, they would prefer to combine classic classroom and e-learning (N = 1403; 55.7%). CONCLUSIONS: Most health sciences students were satisfied with the exclusive e-learning, as well as their personal and institutional adjustment to it. Students' feedback can help institutions to improve the exclusive e-learning experience for students in the time of the pandemic. SN - 1472-6920 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/33167960/Attitudes_and_concerns_of_undergraduate_university_health_sciences_students_in_Croatia_regarding_complete_switch_to_e_learning_during_COVID_19_pandemic:_a_survey_ L2 - https://bmcmededuc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12909-020-02343-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -