Impact of transitioning to an online course – A report from the ESTRO gyn teaching course

L. T. Tan*, K. Tanderup, A. Nappa, P. Petric, I. M. Jürgenliemk-Schulz, M. Serban, J. V. Swamidas, M. Palmu, S. L. Duke, U. Mahantshetty, N. Nesvacil, R. C. Pötter, R. A. Nout

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Introduction: In 2020, the ESTRO course on image-guided radiotherapy and chemotherapy in gynaecological cancer was converted into an online version due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper describes the change process and evaluates the impact on participants compared with previous live courses. Methods and materials: The 2019 live course contained 41 h of educational content, comprising 33 h of synchronous activities (lectures, interactive activities, videos) and 8 h of homework (contouring, dose planning). For the online course, the lectures were provided as pre-course material (11 mandatory, 22 optional). Contouring/dose planning homework was unchanged. The synchronous sessions were reconfigured as six 2-hour webinars (total educational content ~38 h). Participant numbers/characteristics, engagement and satisfaction for six live courses and the online course were compared. Results: Participant numbers for the online and live courses were similar (90 vs. mean 96). There were more participants from outside Europe (28% vs. mean 18%) and more non-doctors (47% vs. mean 33%). Proportion of participants responding to the pre-course questionnaire was similar (77% vs. mean 78%) but post-course questionnaire response was lower (62% vs. mean 92%). 43% participants viewed ≥75% of mandatory lectures before the webinars. 86% viewed the optional lectures. Submissions of contouring and dose planning homework was higher (contouring 77%–90% vs. 56%–69%, dose planning 74%–89% vs. 29%–57%). 96% (47/49) participants rated the online course as Excellent (43%) or Good (53%). Overall satisfaction was similar (4.4 vs. mean 4.6). Conclusion: Participant satisfaction and engagement with the online course remained high despite less contact time with faculty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalClinical and translational radiation oncology
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • Cervix
  • Education
  • Image-guided brachytherapy
  • Intensity-modulated radiotherapy
  • Online
  • Training


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