The Impact of Virtual Teaching and Learning on Skill and Knowledge Acquisition in the Training of Health Professionals The Ghanaian Health Sector in focus

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Shadrach Asamoah-Atakorah
Paul Kolbugri
Johnson Mensah Sukah Selorm
Samuel Sanaa Brobbey
Rita Narkie Odonkor
Alfred Addy

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This paper aims to examine how virtual teaching and learning affect the acquisition of skills and knowledge among healthcare professionals in Ghana using the SWOT framework and socio ecological model. The findings indicate that virtual teaching offers benefits such as improved accessibility, flexibility, cost effectiveness and opportunities for expanding training using technologies. However challenges were noted in skill development and digital disparities. Threats included declines in competency and sustainability issues. The socio ecological perspective emphasized how factors across levels are interconnected. In conclusion the combined analysis using SWOT and socio ecological models provides an understanding of how virtual teaching impacts healthcare education in Ghana. Recommendations include investing in infrastructure training faculty members and supporting learners better; promoting collaboration among healthcare professionals; well as establishing quality assurance measures and plans, for long term sustainability. The study provides guidance on how to enhance the execution and impact of virtual education programs, in training health professionals. The results guide the development of policies based on evidence, allocation of resources and collaboration across sectors to establish an enduring policy framework for virtual healthcare professional education in Ghana.

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