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2021 ◽  
Vol ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print) ◽  
Nazrinda A. Samah ◽  
Lokman Mohd Tahir ◽  
Wan Ali @ Wan Yusoff Wan Mamat

PurposeThis qualitative study explores the issue of library management support in providing a self-directed learning environment for research-support librarians which is an under-explored feature of librarianship in Malaysian public university libraries.Design/methodology/approachA total of nine research-support librarians purposely selected from these libraries took part in in-depth interview sessions. The responses were analysed using Miles and Huberman's technique, which involves data reduction, data display, conclusion-drawing and verification.FindingsFive emerging themes and 31 sub-themes were identified. There was a general consensus among the respondents that their library management does provide research-support librarians with a self-directed learning environment to enhance their competencies as academic librarians. Nevertheless, these librarians also highlighted some challenges, issues and barriers related to the initiative and support received. Some suggestions are advanced for improvements to support self-directed learning by research-support librarians working in public university libraries.Originality/valueEmpirically, this study attempts to fill the gap in the knowledge that needs to be addressed from the perspective of Malaysian librarians, especially the research-support librarians, who serve in public universities in Malaysia, who have received little attention from local librarianship researchers.

2021 ◽  
Vol 96 (11S) ◽  
pp. S208-S209
Adelaide H. McClintock ◽  
Tyra L. Fainstad ◽  
Joshua Jauregui

2021 ◽  
Vol 6 ◽  
Sonja Mohr ◽  
Birgit Küfe ◽  
Anke Rheingans ◽  
Jennifer Guse

Higher education has changed significantly since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical education programs with extensive practical and interactive components faced major challenges to protect students, faculty and patients. In response to COVID-19, many medical schools worldwide shut down undergraduate medical education and converted most of their teaching to digital formats. The aim of this paper is to assess the attitude towards and adoption of the novel learning environment among undergraduate medical students during COVID-19. Two studies were conducted to analyze specific aspects of the adaption of digital teaching during the digital summer semester 2020 (study 1), and to compare student satisfaction and their feeling of preparedness for exams in the digital semester compared to traditional semesters (study 2). Results show that there are numerous pros and cons of digital teaching. Pros were the large flexibility and large-scale availability of digital teaching materials. Cons were the lack of interactions with peers, professionals, and patients in practice. Results also show that female students as well as year 1 students seemingly coped better with the digital learning environment. Students with childcare or job obligations also benefited from the large flexibility. While student satisfaction decreased in the digital semester, they did not feel less prepared for exams. Cross-sectional comparisons revealed that student satisfaction and agreement gradually decreased in the comparison of the different cohorts with fourth year students being the least satisfied and showing the least agreement regarding the feeling of preparedness for exams. Altogether, our results indicate that students were able to cope with digital teaching, but clearly, some groups of students were able to better adapt to the novel learning environment. This might demand the introduction of tailored educational support services for different groups of students during COVID-19 as they progress through medical school.

2021 ◽  
Vol 28 (5) ◽  
pp. 108-117
Rita Mustika ◽  
Edward Christopher Yo ◽  
Muhammad Faruqi ◽  
Rahma Tsania Zhuhra ◽  

Background: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been found to negatively affect medical students’ wellbeing. This finding may be related to how medical education is being conducted at present, with online learning replacing face-to-face teaching in many countries. This cross-sectional study aims to assess how the online learning environment is connected to medical students’ wellbeing. Methods: A self-administered online questionnaire was distributed to undergraduate medical students at Universitas Indonesia. The study was conducted from September 2020 to February 2021. The questionnaire included a modified version of the Online Learning Environment Scale (OLES) and the Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment (PERMA) profiler. The OLES was used to evaluate students’ perceptions of the online learning environment, whereas the PERMA Profiler was used to evaluate students’ wellbeing. We validated the questionnaire before distribution. The content validity index was 1.0, with internal consistency coefficients of 0.87 and 0.89, respectively. Regression analyses were performed to evaluate the relationship between OLES and PERMA scores. Results: The questionnaire was completed by 274 undergraduate medical students. Students reported moderate to high degrees of positive perception towards online learning, high levels of positive emotions and moderate levels of negative emotions. Statistically significant differences were found across groups based on students’ gender, year of study and academic programme. Almost all aspects of the online learning environment were significantly predictive of students’ wellbeing, with personal relevance and evaluation and assessment being the two most important predictors (R2 = 0.201; P < 0.001). Conclusion: Medical students generally enjoyed online learning, although some challenges were presented. The online learning environment was positively associated with students’ wellbeing; however, some students expressed negative emotions including loneliness, anxiety, anger and sadness.

2021 ◽  
pp. respcare.09201
Jennifer L McCoy ◽  
Kathryn A Williams ◽  
Janet L Senkinc ◽  
Janalee Westerman ◽  
Allison BJ Tobey

2021 ◽  
Vol 5 (3) ◽  
pp. 74-95
Lisa Zook ◽  
Cameron Ryall

From 2013 to 2017, Save the Children Norway tested the hypothesis that a global framework could be used to empower locally driven solutions within the education sector. It did so by galvanizing support and aligning stakeholders to common goals articulated through the Quality Learning Environment Framework but allowing each community context to determine its own path for achieving those goals. This article explores the effectiveness and impact of these projects across the three pilot countries of Cambodia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe as defined by the original project goals, outcomes, and objectives. Reflecting on both qualitative and quantitative data gathered throughout the life of the project, the article speaks to project impact and achievements as well as operational findings including commonalities and differences between the three pilot projects and keys to success. It outlines lessons learned across the programming sites and in doing so it explores the role of a large International Non-Governmental Organization as a catalyst for change. Finally, it discusses the rigorous research and reporting framework driven by funders and development agencies, the rigidity of which struggled to capture the emergent nature of locally driven solutions.

2021 ◽  
Vol 5 (3) ◽  
pp. 53-73
Cameron Ryall ◽  
Lisa Zook

Within the context of the global learning crisis and calls to focus on the quality of education, one international organisation took a systematic and holistic approach to improve learning, wellbeing, and development in schools. Known as the Quality Learning Environment (QLE) Framework, it conceptualised the quality of the learning environment in schools with four guiding principles: emotional and psychological protection of learners, physical wellbeing of children, active learning processes, and close collaboration between school and parents/community. From 2013 – 2017, the framework was piloted in three countries of Cambodia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe to improve learning environments and outcomes while documenting the process, methods, and results of the QLE pilot in their country. The interventions in the three countries were closely tracked by a longitudinal research study. This paper explores the ambition of global and national research firms to carry out rigorous cross-country research alongside contextualized and evolving school interventions.

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