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Abstract

Background: During the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency remote teaching (ERT) was implemented in the U.S., and some of the most vulnerable college students struggled to adapt. Purpose: The current study sought to understand the experiences and outcomes of undergraduate students enrolled in radiography programs while participating in synchronous online lectures during ERT, especially first-generation students. Specifically, this study focused on students who participated in class lectures that were taught online in a live and synchronous format due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Methods: This study utilized a retrospective and longitudinal design where participants were asked to answer a series of questions retrospectively at two points in time with each question forming a pair. Survey participants were enrolled as students during ERT in 2020 through 2021 and participated in class lectures that were taught online in a live and synchronous format due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Results: Wilcoxon Signed-Rank and Spearman Rank-Order tests suggest that ERT has affected the experiences and outcomes of students enrolled in radiography programs, with more pronounced negative effects for first-generation students. Conclusion and Recommendations: The researchers recommend yearly and preventative planning across three academic and administrative areas to include training, support, and technology as essential strategies for delivering remote education, specifically online synchronous lectures, in the context of ERT situations. Strategies in these three areas will keep the academic success of the most vulnerable and underserved college student populations at the forefront during emergency remote teaching scenarios.

Author Bio(s)

Michael F. Iorio, PhD, MPA, RT(R)(CT) is an Associate Professor in the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University. He also serves as the Director of the Master of Science in Radiation Sciences program.

Timothy L. Seavey, Ed.D, RT(R)(CT) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University. He also serves as the Director of the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Sciences program.

Benjamin J. Becerra, DrPH, MBA, MPH, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information and Decision Sciences in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration and Co-director of the Center for Health Equity at California State University, San Bernardino.

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