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Table 5 Themes and codes related to student (n = 26) and faculty (n = 10) perceptions of the course and remote learning

From: Remote online global health education among U.S. medical students during COVID-19 and beyond

  Students Faculty Total
Strengths of course
  Great faculty 25 0 25
  Diverse topics / good content 19 0 19
  Practical skills 9 0 9
  Well-organized 5 0 5
  Welcoming environment 4 0 4
  Easily understood by wide range of students 3 0 3
  Engaging 3 0 3
  Polls 1 0 1
  Syllabus 1 0 1
  Question and answer with speakers 1 0 1
  Case studies 1 0 1
  Diverse students 1 0 1
Weaknesses of course
  Lack of community 3 1 4
  Long sessions 3 0 3
  Difficulty with receiving learning materials 2 0 2
Advantages of remote learning
  Convenient / accessible to location and schedule 19 3 20
  Diverse speakers from around the globe 6 1 7
  Saves time 4 4 8
  Able to review recordings later 2 0 2
Disadvantages of remote learning
  Practical skills and hands-on demonstrations difficult 9 1 10
  Less interaction between students and speakers 5 4 9
  Harder to stay engaged 5 0 5
  Faculty can’t read audience / get student feedback 0 4 4
Recommendations for course
  More interactive / practical / in-person days 10 1 11
  Add didactic content (equity/colonialism, ethics, global surgery, case studies) 7 0 5
  Change course schedule 3 0 3
  More diverse speakers 2 0 2
  Use video-conferencing functions, cameras more 2 0 2
  Better tailor course to different learners 1 0 1
  Send kit for practical skills 1 0 1