Supporting newly graduated medical doctors in managing COVID-19: An evaluation of a Massive Open Online Course in a limitedresource setting

Ardi Findyartini, Nadia Greviana, Chaina Hanum, Joseph Mikhael Husin, Nani Cahyani Sudarsono, Desak Gede Budi Krisnamurti, Pratiwi Rahadiani

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Abstract

Introduction Newly graduated medical doctors in their internships are positioned to strengthen the front line in combating COVID-19. We developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to equip them with adequate knowledge for COVID-19 management. This paper aims to analyze the MOOC and evaluate participant satisfaction and increase in knowledge after completing the course. Methods An observational study was conducted. Quantitative data were obtained from questionnaires and pre-and post-Tests. Responses to open-ended questions of the questionnaires were collected. Analysis using the Quality Reference Framework was also completed. Results The MOOC consisted of fundamental knowledge of COVID-19 (Part A) and further enrichment (Part B), and the content was written in the Indonesian language. A total of 3,424 and 2,462 participants completed the course in August and November 2020, respectively. Most participants agreed that the platform was easy to navigate, the design was interesting, and the content was aligned with their needs. Pre-and post-Test scores in Part A s subjects increased significantly. Factors contributing to and inhibiting usability and areas for improvement were further highlighted. Discussion The use of a specific quality framework facilitated a comprehensive evaluation of the MOOC s strengths, weaknesses, and areas for future improvements. The participants satisfaction and pre-and post-Test results showed that the current MOOC holds great potential benefit for continuing education for medical interns joining the frontliners during the pandemic. Future implementation should consider increasing the quality of learning resources, scaling up the platform and its technical supports, and enhancing organizational supports.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0257039
JournalPloS one
Volume16
Issue number9 September
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

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