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Virtual and online learning during COVID-19: the experience of community children’s nursing students

Whiting, M, Whiting, L, Roberts-Edema, K, Boyle, C, Lane, H, Millar, M and Titchener, T (2023) Virtual and online learning during COVID-19: the experience of community children’s nursing students. Nursing Children and Young People, 35 (6). pp. 28-34. ISSN 2046-2336

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Background The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in significant changes to education delivery. For many university programmes this has included a move from face-to-face to virtual and online learning and teaching. Aim To gain insight into the experiences of students undertaking the community children’s nursing specialist practitioner programme during the academic year 2020-21, when most learning and teaching was delivered using virtual and online methods as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Method A survey questionnaire containing qualitative and quantitative questions was distributed to 28 students by programme leaders at three universities in England. Seven questionnaires were returned, yielding a 25% response rate.Findings Respondents’ experience of online and virtual learning was generally positive, with benefits for work-life balance and the opportunity to revisit recorded lectures being particularly well regarded. Loss of opportunity for face-to-face engagement with fellow students and the teaching team were identified as disadvantages.Conclusion There was strong student support for the provision of more flexible approaches to learning and teaching. Universities should recognise that failure to offer such flexibility could potentially affect recruitment and the viability of courses in the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing; 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: RCNi
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2024 13:05
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2024 13:05
DOI or ID number: 10.7748/ncyp.2023.e1462
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22225
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