A systematic review of videoconferencing in health professions education: The digital divide revisited in the COVID-19 era

Jennie C. De Gagne, Paula D. Koppel, Emily J. Wang, Sharron Rushton, Leila Ledbetter, Sandra S. Yamane, Eunhee Lee, Kimberly Manturuk, Dukyoo Jung

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Abstract

Objectives: During the COVID-19 pandemic, educators shifted from traditional lectures to videoconferencing. This systematic review explored the use of videoconferencing as a teaching tool in response to the pandemic as well as issues related to digital equity and inclusion. Content: The review was conducted using the Joanna Briggs Institute for Systematic Reviews methodology and reported using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses 2020 statement. Summary: A total of nine studies met eligibility criteria. The participants in the included studies were medical students from various parts of the world. Technical difficulties and lack of human interactions were identified as barriers to learning through videoconferencing. Outlook: To achieve full success, pedagogical videoconferencing must prioritize digital equity and a universal design for learning. Although useful for maintaining education during the pandemic, in the future, videoconferencing will present challenges related to the digital divide as well as opportunities as a teaching tool for nurse educators globally.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20220068
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research funding: This was funded by a 2020–2022 Duke Learning Innovation’ Carry the Innovation Forward Grant awarded to JCD.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • digital divide
  • health professions education
  • inclusive pedagogy
  • universal design for learning
  • videoconferencing

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