Introduction/background: While there is a plethora of research exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on learning and teaching, less is known about the longer-term impact of this pandemic from the health professions educators’ perspectives.
Aim/objectives: This study explores: (a) the enablers and barriers educators experienced in teaching online and hybrid teaching and (b) what insights their experiences provide to shape future health professions education.
Methods: Underpinned by social constructionism, a longitudinal qualitative methodology was adopted. Educators of five large health courses at an Australian research-intensive university were interviewed at two time points: (a) beginning of the pandemic when they were transitioning to online education and (b) one year apart when many courses were taught using a hybrid mode. A total of 28 individual interviews were conducted. Data were analysed thematically using teambased framework analysis.
Results: Educators recognised a range of enablers (e.g. flexibility, interactivity and accessibility) and barriers (e.g. limited social learning and transmissive pedagogy) for both online and hybrid education. Transitioning to both online and hybrid education required educators to learn and perform a range of pedagogical skills within a short timeframe that made their teaching experiences challenging but rewarding.
Discussion: Our results attest to the critical role of adaptability and the significant challenges experienced by educators due to the need to rapidly adjust to the changes and uncertainty caused by the pandemic. The importance of upskilling educators in developing an online presence is instrumental in supporting their adaptation experiences.
Conclusions: Navigating the barriers associated with online and hybrid education provided educators with opportunities to learn, reflect and adapt to new teaching approaches that would contribute to the success of future health professions education.


ConferenceAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Conference 2022
Abbreviated titleANZAHPE 2022
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