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Partners in learning: Teachers’ and students’ new roles in distance learning after COVID-19 pandemic

Day: Saturday 27 August
Time: 0930-1230
Venue: Lyon Congress Centre

Presenters: Sofia Ribeiro1, Süleyman Yıldız2, Azim Mirzazadeh3, Sabahattin Ertuğrul2, Shoaleh Bigdeli4, Ece Nur Çınar5

1 Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2 Dicle University, Istanbul, Turkey
3 Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
4 Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
5 Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, London, UK

Background: Distance learning was already making inroads into traditional educational methods. However, it is now well recognised that the ongoing pandemic has rendered distance learning an inevitable necessity for everyone, even those who had completely ignored it in the past. COVID-19 has simply accelerated education’s transformational process. The fact that the successful implementation of any learning approach is premised upon the collaboration between teachers and students is an undisputable fact. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the success and efficacy of distance learning depends largely on this collaboration and the quality of interaction between teachers and students. This is why we are calling them "partners in learning". During the pandemic, poor interaction was considered one of the big disadvantages of online distance learning, mainly attributed to motivational and disorganization issues. However, online distance learning can become much more advantageous both for students and teachers with the establishment of new ground rules aiming to enhance their interaction. We believe that this new set of rules should focus on the appropriate techniques and provide a “best practices framework” both for distance learning and curricula—not only in exceptional situations, such as pandemics, but also in regular education terms.
Who Should Participate: Educators, education regulators, students and education researchers
Structure of Workshop: The core aim of the workshop is to offer participants an analytical framework in order to improve distance learning and provide a new set of guidelines to achieve such improvement. A range of participants representing different stakeholders will present their views. These stakeholders will consist of three senior educators and three junior educators. Representers and participants will work interactively after several presentations. The workshop will be supported with data from an EMSA student survey as well as current literature on this subject.
Intended Outcomes: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be familiar with:

  • Differences of distance education in the past and present

  • New roles of students and teachers in distance education after the pandemic

  • Key skills needed to make online learning engaging and interactive for teachers and students

  • The most up-to-date and practical information about new methods


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