Teaching and Learning Experiences in Medical Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), Tanzania

  • Glory Ibrahim KCMUCo
  • Heavenlight Luzinge KCMUCo
  • Gibson Kapanda KCMUCo
Keywords: COVID-19, online learning, blended learning, students and faculty experiences

Abstract

Objective

The purpose of this paper was to share teaching and learning experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and mandated university closure.

Methods

A cross-sectional study was conducted among all eligible students and faculty members using voluntary anonymous questionnaires.  To capture the attitudes and perceptions of respondents, five-point Likert scale questions were used.

Results

A total of 865 (58%) students and 57 (51%) faculty members participated in the survey. Uptake of e-learning platforms increased by 15.4% for students, 43.0% for faculty and by 22.3% in courses. The overall students’ strength of consensus measure of perception on accessibility of platforms was 65% and support entities 79%. About 70% of students owned a smartphone as a learning device. More than 67% of the students highlighted the cost of Internet bundles as a major challenge.

Conclusion

Shifting from blended learning to online learning during the lockdown was feasible given the pre-planned e-learning practices.

Author Biographies

Glory Ibrahim, KCMUCo

Glory Ibrahim is a Senior Learning Management System Specialist, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), Sokoine Road, Moshi, Tanzania. Email: glory.ibrahim@kcmuco.ac.tz

 

Heavenlight Luzinge, KCMUCo

Heavenlight Luzinge is a Learning Management System Administrator, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), Sokoine Road, Moshi Tanzania.heavenlight.luzinge@kcmuco.ac.tz

 

Gibson Kapanda, KCMUCo

Gibson Kapanda is a Statistician, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), Sokoine Road, Moshi Tanzania. Email:gibson.kapanda@kcmuco.ac.tz

 

Published
2020-11-19
How to Cite
Ibrahim, G., Luzinge, H., & Kapanda, G. (2020). Teaching and Learning Experiences in Medical Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), Tanzania. Journal of Learning for Development , 7(3), 433-446. Retrieved from https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/448
Section
Case Studies