Abstract: 6th line: maybe it would be better to say “In this report, we focus on three…” instead of “Here we focus….”
Introduction: First line: COVID-19 has initiated…..approaches in practical/clinical higher education programs instead of higher education practical/clinical programs?
Suggestion for inclusion in the background paragraph (paragraph outlining LUNEX University): It would give the reader better insight if the authors could indicate when clinical training starts in the programme? How many bachelor students? Do M students also do practical/clinical training?
The university or department should be commended for getting everything ready within a two-week period in what was quite a challenging and stressful time.
Challenge 1: Response to country-wide and global shutdown: clear description provided and easy to follow. These are very useful guidelines for other programs all over the world to follow too.
Challenge 2: Return to campus: Authors stated that teaching spaces needed to be converted for practical sessions. ??? Maybe elaborate on this? It would be interesting to highlight some of the restrictions imposed on both staff and students living outside of Luxembourg and how it was managed by the institution.
Challenge 3: What type of guidance was given with regards to return back to respective homes? Was this guidance given by the institution generally or the physiotherapy programme staff specifically?
Successes: maybe it would be useful for the reader if the authors could provide a clearer description of what is compared. Till when is the winter 2019 semester for example and when did summer 2020 semester start? That will give a clearer understanding of how the shutdown impacted on these semesters.
The areas of consideration are very interesting and it seems to be the same all over. Even in less developed countries, students faced the same kind of challenges with engagement.
The recommendations provided by the authors are very practical and valuable. The suggestion of a flipped classroom, self-study and only using face to face classes for practice and practical skills is a very valuable one that can be incorporated in many places worldwide.[jetpack-related-posts]