Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde October 2021, ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 7 Number: 2, Article 5
IMPACT OF VIRTUAL THEORY COUNSELLING IN LEARNING OUTCOMES OF CBRNE COGNITIVE DOMAIN
The online mod as a tool for educational program has gained momentum during the current Covid-19 Pandemic. Many researchers have shown that online mode if properly planned can be as effective and, in some aspects, better than the face-to-face mode for teaching. A six months Certificate program on Medical Management of CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) Disasters for Medical Graduates was developed by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in collaboration with Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), DRDO. This program was launched in July 2020 and 54 Indian doctors enrolled for this program. Although the program was to be delivered through the ODL mode, due to the COVID pandemic, the theory counselling component was taken up using web conferencing platform. A possibility of the alternative mode was studied before implementing the same. This paper aims to study the feasibility and acceptability of online theory counselling based on learners’ and counsellors’ feedback. Different questionnaires were developed for learners and counsellors and administered online using google form. All students who registered for the program and six counsellors who took online counselling sessions were included in the study. The majority of students felt that online theory counselling was useful. The median score achieved by the students was 88.19%. The counsellors successfully undertook virtual teaching and have effectively achieved the learning outcomes as intended in the curriculum. Few modifications were suggested which could improve the virtual learning and increase the retention of newly learned knowledge and competencies.