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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 301-304

Challenges in Teaching Palliative Care Module Virtually during COVID-19 Era

Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

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MSc Khairunnisa Mansoor
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Aga Khan University, Karachi
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DOI: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_42_20

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With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the global community, routine activities of universities, offices, and industries have been hindered. People are being forced to rethink the ways of working virtually from home for providing education, business, and health services in this social distancing during the COVID era. This sudden shift also posed challenges of online teaching in a private university, in urban Karachi, Pakistan. The Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery recently conducted an online palliative care module using a virtual learning environment and Microsoft Teams for Trainee Nurse Interns. Although the first experience of online teaching and learning was a successful venture for faculty and students, in a lockdown situation, numerous challenges were also encountered being a lower middle-income country. The issues of electricity shutdown, Internet connectivity, and quality assurance were anticipated on transition to online pedagogy, but backup plans were formed to make execution promising.

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