Ph.D. Nursing
May 7, 2021
DPT , BS-SLP(BS Speech & Language Pathology) , BS-AUD(BS Audiology) , MS(PT)(Neuromuscular)
June 25, 2021

BLENDED LEARNING: LESSONS LEARNT FROM COVID-19

The Department of Health Professions Education (DHPE) organized a webinar as a part of the faculty development program on June 5, 2021. It was the 183rd seminar/webinar of this series. The Vice-Chancellor STMU and Dean Faculty of Health Sciences and the Deans of the Allied Sciences also attended the webinar. The Dean and faculty of Peshawar medical college also joined online. Dr Tahira Ayub from DHPE moderated the session, welcomed and introduced the guest speaker Dr Jannet Strivens, who is an honorary senior fellow Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool UK. The topic of the webinar was “BLENDED LEARNING: LESSONS LEARNT FROM COVID-19” and the objective of the webinar was to discuss:-

  1. Scope of online education in Health Professions Education (HPE) and lessons learnt from the past.
  2. Future perspectives of online and face-to-face (F2F) learning in HPE

Dr. Jannet emphasized in her talk that blended learning is not an option but a necessity and to realize the potentials of blended learning, we must learn to engage with technology based on pedagogically sound principles. She also explained that asynchronous delivery methods encourage autonomy, life-long learning, reflection, peer discussion and self-assessment. She ended her talk with three recommendations:-

  1. Train faculty to use asynchronous tools.
  2. Encourage faculty to use synchronous platforms.
  3. Continuous evaluation of the program.

It was an interactive session and participants posted questions throughout the session. Moreover, a Q/A session was conducted at the end of the webinar. The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Khan thanked the speaker for sparing her valuable time. The session ended with concluding remarks and Du’a by the Dean Faculty of Health Sciences and Principal Shifa College of Medicine Dr. Mohammad Amir.

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