A web-based survey of educational opportunities of medical professionals based on changes in conference design during the COVID-19 pandemic

Kenta Yagi, Yasutaka Sato, Satoshi Sakaguchi, Mitsuhiro Goda, Hirofumi Hamano, Fuka Aizawa, Mayuko Shimizu, Arisa Inoue-Hamano, Toshihide Nishimori, Masato Tagi, Marina Kanno, Rie Matsuoka-Ando, Toshihiko Yoshioka, Yoshiko Matstubara, Yuki Izawa-Ishizawa, Rieko Shimizu, Akinori Maruo, Yurika Kuniki, Yoshika Sakamoto, Sayuri ItobayashiYoshito Zamami, Hiroaki Yanagawa, Keisuke Ishizawa

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Abstract

Owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, understanding how to hold future online academic conferences effectively is imperative. We assessed the impact of COVID-19 on academic conferences, including facilities and settings for attendance, participation status, cost burden, and preferences for future styles of holding conferences, through a web-based questionnaire survey of 2,739 Japanese medical professionals, from December 2020 to February 2021. Of the participants, 28% preferred web conferences, 60% preferred a mix of web and on-site conferences, and 12% preferred on-site conferences. Additionally, 27% of the presenters stopped presenting new findings at web conferences. The proportion of participants who audio-recorded or filmed the sessions, despite prohibition, was six times higher at web than face-to-face conferences. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the percentage of participants attending general presentations decreased from 91 to 51%. While web conferencing offers advantages, these are offset by a decrease in presentations pertaining to novel findings and data.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEducation and Information Technologies
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adult learning
  • Distance education
  • Lifelong learning
  • Online learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

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