Case study 1: City, University of London, postgraduate independent prescribing programme

7 July 2021
Volume 22, Issue 2

From the start of the first lockdown in March 2020, teaching in higher education saw a significant move to online learning. How has this impacted the postgraduate independent prescribing programme?

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented change in how subjects are taught at university. Prior to the pandemic, most teaching was delivered in a traditional manner, with a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials as well as practical clinical sessions, and independent study time reviewing online learning resources. From the start of the first lockdown in March 2020, teaching in higher education saw a significant move to online learning.1 The focus throughout this time has been to ensure academic integrity whilst delivering high-quality undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) learning and teaching. With regard to PG teaching in optometry, the move to online delivery has provided significant advantages for PG optometrists who work in practice. The online environment has increased opportunities to widen participation and accessibility of learning whilst limiting time away from work and family.

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