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Wednesday, November 11 • 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Bridging the Impact of COVID-19 on Open Education: Case Study of Medical Education

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CoVID-19 has closed the doors of more than 2000 medical schools worldwide, yet has opened the door for a new era of education, where e-learning and open education have become vital to ensure the accessibility of a quality education to students anywhere and anytime. This session is an interactive discussion with the aim to introduce participants to the perspective of medical students worldwide on e-learning and open education practices during COVID-19, as collected and analyzed through an IFMSA survey reflecting the experiences of 411 medical students from 68 countries worldwide about the impact of CoVID-19 on medical education, more specifically in terms of the adaptability of the educational tools, accessibility, and their quality. Consequently, this session will lead participants to reflect on how to implement and optimize student-centeredness in open education and e-learning, through discussing the recommendations stated in the report of the aforementioned survey. Hence,it will comprise of a variety of facilitation methods, ranging from presentations where participants will be provided with information related to a summary of the IFMSA report on the impact of CoVID-19 on Medical Education from the perspective of medical students worldwide, a discussion using the interactive online platforms to collect participants input or perspectives on particular questions and compare it with the results from the aforementioned report, to small groups discussions where participants will brainstorm practical recommendations to incorporate the students’ perspective in open education strategies during the pandemic.

Learning Outcomes:

- Participants are able to share the challenges, and good practices related to open education during CoVID-19 from their local contexts
- Participants have an overview of the perspective of medical students globally on the impact of COVID-19 on their education.
- Participants are able to discuss the student-centeredness in open education during the pandemic
- Participants are able to elaborate recommendations to improve open education during CoVID-19.

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Abdullah Rajeeb Al-Khafajy

Liaison Officer for Medical Education Issues, International Federation for Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)
Mr. Abdullah Al-Khafajy (aka Abdullah Rajeeb) is a 6th-year medical student at Baghdad University College of Medicine, with five years of experience in the field of student advocacy and medical education on a national, regional, and international level. He currently serves as Liaison... Read More →
avatar for Marouane Amzil

Marouane Amzil

Alumnus, International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)
avatar for Alaa Dafallah

Alaa Dafallah

Alumna, International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)

Wednesday November 11, 2020 1:00pm - 1:25pm EST
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  COVID-19, Presentation