Challenges of Distance Education Assessment in the Health Professions during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Philippine Reflection in the Rapid Review of International Context

  • Carl Joseph Ablao Far Eastern University Institute of Education
  • Dan Clarence Diaz De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute College of Medical Imaging and Therapy
  • Joshua Macapagal Centro Escolar University
Keywords: Assessment, challenges, distance education, health professions


Objective. Assessment in distance education provides a safe evaluation environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this study is to explore the extent of knowledge available regarding the challenges of assessment in distance education of health professions during the 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic and to discuss a reflection in the Philippine setting.

Method. We conducted a rapid review through an electronic search in PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL, ERIC, Web of Science, and PsycINFO databases.

Results. Out of 1,519 articles, 9 were included for analysis. Philippine reflection was provided through an unsystematic search of literature. Challenges in assessment included resources, learners’ issues, technical issues of the learning management system, and methodological assessment issues. Distance education allowed instructors to safely continue delivery of instruction and assessment during the pandemic.

Conclusion. The Philippine setting is relatable to the current international context of the challenges of assessment in distance education in health professions.