Online peer teaching in medical school during a pandemic period: a reflection

Lehashenee Thirukumar, Lim Li Siew, Law Hian Hui, Narendra Pamidi, Amudha Kadirvelu

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Peer-teaching has been rapidly adopted throughout higher education institutions, including medical schools, to provide students with a diverse learning environment and to enhance academic development. Peer assisted study session (PASS) is a peer-teaching program implemented in Monash University Malaysia and was conducted virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Perspectives from the viewpoint of peer tutors during the pandemic period are presented in this paper. Throughout the year, peer tutors were confronted with the unique challenges of teaching virtually. Various factors which contribute to changes in the dynamics of group-based discussions in online classes are discussed. On online platforms, students are graced with more privacy and freedom, a double-edged sword that can translate into reduced student engagement. Nonetheless, the practical skills acquired by adapting to the abrupt switch from on-campus to online peer-teaching can be employed in our future practice as health professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
EditorsBeno Csapo, James Uhomoibhi
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789897585029
ISBN (Print)9789897585029
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventInternational Conference on Computer Supported Education 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 23 Apr 202125 Apr 2021
Conference number: 13th (Volume 1) (Volume 2)

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU - Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2184-5026


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computer Supported Education 2021
Abbreviated titleCSEDU 2021
CityVirtual, Online
OtherCSEDU 2021 will be held in conjunction with GISTAM 2021, ICT4AWE 2021 and FEMIB 2021.
Registration to CSEDU allows free access to the GISTAM, ICT4AWE and FEMIB conferences (as a non-speaker).

James Uhomoibhi, Ulster University, United Kingdom
Beno Csapó, University of Szeged, Hungary
Gyöngyvér Molnár, University of Szeged, Hungary
Sanna Järvelä, University of Oulu, Finland
Gwo-Jen Hwang, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, Republic of China
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  • Medical Students
  • Online Learning
  • Peer Teaching

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