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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2023, 6(3); doi: 10.25236/FER.2023.060302.

Urological Online Learning through WeChat in China: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic


Peng Zhang1, Yongbao Wei2, Xin Li3, Dewen Zhong4, Wei Song5, Yanlin Wen6, Longfei Liu7

Corresponding Author:
Longfei Liu

1Department of Urology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, 430071, China

2Department of Urology, Fujian Provincial Hospital, Fuzhou, 350001, China

3Department of Urology, the Chinese People's Liberation Army 118 Hospital, Wenzhou, 325000, China

4Department of Urology, Longyan First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Longyan, 364000, China

5Department of Urology, Hunan Provincial People’s Hospital, the First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Normal University, Changsha, 410005, China

6Department of Urology, the Second Clinical Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong, 637000, China

7Department of Urology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, 410008, China


A public platform named Jiujing for the urologists’ online learning on the most popular social media WeChat in China was founded in 2015. Backend database from Jiujing before and during Covid-19 pandemic were compared and analyzed. An online questionnaire investigation containing 482 respondents was carried out to evaluate the personal characteristics and online learning preferences of Chinese urologists. During the epidemic of Covid-19, the amounts of national subscribers in Jiujing platform increased by 26.24%, while the constituent ratio of subscribers’ quantity from Hubei province decreased although there were 189 new subscribers, and only surgery video section experienced increased constituent ratio of subscribers’ concerns. Most respondents experienced whittled offline learning opportunities and boosted online learning demands during Covid-19 pandemic as online self-learning was more efficiency. Surgery videos and academic lectures were the most popular sections. Urologists’ viewpoints towards online learning are associated with professional post, affiliation hierarchy and education background.


online education, social media, urology, WeChat, Covid-19

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Peng Zhang, Yongbao Wei, Xin Li, Dewen Zhong, Wei Song, Yanlin Wen, Longfei Liu. Urological Online Learning through WeChat in China: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic. Frontiers in Educational Research (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 3: 7-15. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2023.060302.


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