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Impact of lack of in-class and online activities due to COVID-19 on anatomy & physiology class average in nursing students

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self-directed learning, nursing students

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Both human anatomy and physiology serve as prerequisite courses for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (BScN) and Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) programs at MacEwan University. The teaching and learning of these subjects are influenced by several factors, including the COVID 19 pandemic (Narnaware and Neumeier, 2020; Syed et al., 2021). In early March of 2020, this pandemic caused the emergency pedagogical transformation of nursing curricula, forcing many educational institutions worldwide to switch from face to face classroom teaching to an online, virtual platform. As a result, many active learning modalities such as the use of technology, labs, cadaver and prosection dissections, in class exams, and in person contacts with students were moved to an online, virtual learning (Syed et al., 2021). This has forced students to adopt self directed learning approaches. The impact of the shift from active learning strategies to self directed learning strategies on academic performance in nursing students taking anatomy and physiology during post COVID 19 period has not yet been investigated. In this study, we seek to determine the impact of the lack of various in class activities on class average & grade point average (GPA) in anatomy & physiology courses for nursing students.

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Narnaware, Y., & Chahal, P. (2021d-poster presentation). Impact of Lack of In-Class and Online Activities Due to COVID-19 on Anatomy & Physiology Class Average in Nursing Students. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) Virtual Conference, USA, May 22-27, 2021.



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