QuaranTrain: An international community of practice for learning

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This article has been accepted for publication. Peer reviews and author responses are available at the end of the article.


The Covid-19 pandemic presented challenges for students and teachers to engage and create good learning environments. In this situation, new opportunities for learners and teachers to engage and learn have evolved. Historically, communities of practices have been developed and used to help solve complex and dynamic challenges in society. The idea is that people get an opportunity to work together to solve a specific challenge or task. Here we present a pedagogical community of practice (CoP), QuaranTrain, where students from different countries have developed a platform for co-creation and sharing material and strategies for better health during a period with social distancing. This student-led and self-organised CoP have created a framework for learning that our health care educations can be inspired by and use in their programs. We conclude that out of this challenging situation, new and creative ways of learning emerged, which can enrich and develop health care education.


Author: Nassib Tawa
Review date: 30 September 2020
DOI: 10.14426/opj/20200930
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The reviewer provided a review that can be downloaded here.

Author: Matthew Low
Review date: 8 September 2020
DOI: 10.14426/opj/20200908
Permalink: Review - QuaranTrain: An international community of practice for learning

I really enjoyed the article and get a real sense that you are on to something here.  But, I feel that the article would benefit from restructuring and gaining a real sense of clarity.  In one way, I love the writing style, it is informal and reactive, almost in the same way that QuaraTrain emerged from an unpredictable, unprecedented and almost unreal way!  On the other way, it can come across as disorganised and the tenses appear to be mixed up which throws the reader around somewhat.

I have attached more detailed feedback but, in summary, I really like the heart of this paper and feel that it should be ‘out there’ – but at the same time, I feel it would benefit from refinement, polish and more coherence.

I hope this feedback is helpful and I am more than happy to work to get this right!

Conflict of interest statement

The authors report no conflict of interest.

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