Exploring medical educators' readiness and the priority of their educational needs for online teaching

Korean J Med Educ. 2021 Mar;33(1):37-44. doi: 10.3946/kjme.2021.185. Epub 2021 Mar 2.


Purpose: This study investigated medical educators' readiness for online teaching by exploring their perceived ability and importance of online teaching competencies and identified the highest priority of their educational needs.

Methods: In this study, 144 medical education faculty members from a university were invited to participate. The faculty online teaching readiness scale was virtually distributed at the end of the spring semester of 2020 and 38 faculty members responded for 2 weeks. The collected data were analyzed with descriptive statistics, paired t-tests, Borich Needs Assessment, and the Locus for Focus model.

Results: The overall average perceived ability was 2.76, while the overall average perceived importance was 3.36. The course design and the technical competency categories showed the highest and lowest educational needs, respectively. Five competencies were given the highest priority of educational needs.

Conclusion: The results revealed that the medical educators are not ready for online teaching; thus, urgent educational needs for online teaching competencies exist.

Keywords: Faculty development; Needs assessment; Online teaching readiness.

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