Evaluation of the Attitudes and Opinions of Veterinary School Students on Distance Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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Aslım G., Tekindal M. A., Yiğit A., Sanal Ş., Menteş A.

Journal of veterinary medical education, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume:
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.3138/jvme-2021-0150
  • Journal Name: Journal of veterinary medical education
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), Veterinary Science Database
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No

Abstract

This study aimed to determine the attitudes and opinions of the students of veterinary schools in Turkey regarding distance education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study was conducted in two stages: (1) develop and validate a scale for assessing Turkish veterinary students' attitudes and opinions regarding distance education (DE) (n = 250 students; one veterinary school) and (2) widespread use of this scale amongst veterinary students (n = 1,599 students, 19 veterinary schools). Stage 2 was conducted between December 2020 and January 2021 with students from Years 2, 3, 4, and 5 who had experienced both face-to-face and distance education. The scale contained 38 questions, which were divided into seven sub-factors. Most students considered that practical courses (77.1%) should not continue to be delivered by DE; and that catch-up face-to-face programs (77%) would be required for practical skills after the pandemic. The main benefits of DE were that studies did not have to be interrupted (53.2%) and the ability to retrieve online video material for later study (81.2%). A total of 69% of students considered that DE systems and applications are easy to use. Many (71%) students considered that the use of DE would adversely affect their professional skills, 26.5% expected that the duration of their studies would be extended, but only 18.1% had considered suspending their studies for the period of the pandemic. Therefore, it appeared that face-to-face education was considered indispensable by students in veterinary schools, which provide practice-oriented education in the field of health sciences. However, the DE method can be used as a supplementary tool.