Title: An investigation of the long term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education and clinical development of Diagnostic/Therapeutic Radiography students in Northern Ireland.
Mc Fadden S, Guillle S, Marley J, Hanratty C, Shepherd P, Daly-Lynn J, Hughes C
COVID-19 has had significant impact on the education and clinical placement of students since March 2020. The pandemic resulted in universities having to adapt to online/remote delivery of lectures whilst continuing to facilitate clinic placements. This study explored the impact of COVID-19 on radiography education.
Methods and Materials
A Qualtrics® survey was distributed to all students in the School of Health Sciences at Ulster University, Belfast. The survey was distributed at three timepoints (TP) to see how perceptions changed. TP 1- October 2020, TP 2- December 2020, TP 3- April 2021. Information was gathered on demographics, individual experiences clinically, academically and personally. Analysis was performed using SPSS.
89, 79, 61 and 20, 26, 21 Diagnostic (D) and Therapeutic (T) students respectively from across three years of the programme completed the survey at three different TP’s. By TP3 students had adapted to synchronous and non-synchronous remote learning with approximately 50% preferring teaching delivered via university and remote learning combined. Overall 51% of D and 29% of T students reported COVID-19 had a negative impact on teaching and learning after completion of one academic year. For those who completed clinical placements, students reported positive experiences and the pandemic had not impacted upon their choice of career.
Radiography students are computer literate and quickly adapted to remote delivery of lectures. The majority of students are keen to get back into university for teaching delivery but would like blended learning with some synchronous online delivery maintained in the post COVID-19 world.
|Conference||International Society of Radiographers and Radiologic Technologists|
|Period||20/08/21 → 22/08/21|
- students NI
- clinical training