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Educational Response to COVID- 19: Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka (FMAS, RUSL)

Authors:

Y. G. S. W. Jayarathne ,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Medical Education Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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S. D. Pilapitiya

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Abstract

It is vital that the higher education institutes maintain their ability to train undergraduates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several novel measures were incorporated. The purpose of this article is to share the systematic approach that was taken by FMAS, RUSL during this pandemic. We used a systematic approach for teaching/learning, assessment and faculty development under main categories of

1. Leadership/Management of MBBS curriculum: Headed by the Dean of the faculty with support from the Medical Education Unit plays a pivotal role for planning, maintaining and evaluating online education.

 

2. Teaching/learning: An online teaching guide was developed taking into account the best evidences and contextual constrains. LMS was updated more student friendly

 

3. Assessment: emphasis on formative assessments

 

4. Physical and human resources: Focused on competence in using LMS by the staff, online instructional design and providing physical resources.

 

All activities were implemented through a team effort and ongoing evaluations are being done to assess usefulness of these measures. We hope this approach would be a useful reference for similar crisis events in the future.
How to Cite: Jayarathne, Y.G.S.W. and Pilapitiya, S.D., 2021. Educational Response to COVID- 19: Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka (FMAS, RUSL). South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 15(2), pp.85–89. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v15i2.256
Published on 30 Dec 2021.
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