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How Did The Covid-19 Pandemic Effect Audience Attitudes in Webinars?
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  • Yiloren Tanidir,
  • Fatih Gokalp,
  • Nebil Akdogan,
  • Ali Furkan Batur,
  • Çağrı Akın Şekerci,
  • Sedat Egriboyun,
  • Mutlu Deger,
  • Bahadir Sahin,
  • ilker akarken,
  • Cemil Aydın,
  • Mesut Altan,
  • Oktay Ozman,
  • Murat Uçar,
  • Ahmet Gudeloglu,
  • Sakir Ongun,
  • Cem Akbal,
  • Ahmet Adil Esen
Yiloren Tanidir
Marmara University School of Medicine

Corresponding Author:yiloren@yahoo.com

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Fatih Gokalp
Hatay Mustafa Kemal University
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Nebil Akdogan
Cukurova University Faculty of Medicine
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Ali Furkan Batur
Selcuk University
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Çağrı Akın Şekerci
Marmara University School of Medicine
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Sedat Egriboyun
İzmir Ödemiş State Hospital
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Mutlu Deger
Cukurova University Faculty of Medicine
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Bahadir Sahin
Marmara Universitesi Tip Fakultesi
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ilker akarken
Mugla Sitki Kocman University Faculty of Medicine
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Cemil Aydın
Faculty of Medicine, Hitit University
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Mesut Altan
Hacettepe University
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Oktay Ozman
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Murat Uçar
Faculty of Medicine, Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University
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Ahmet Gudeloglu
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Sakir Ongun
Balikesir University
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Cem Akbal
Acibadem University
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Ahmet Adil Esen
Dokuz Eylül University
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Introduction: Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the face-to-face meetings are delayed to a future date , which is still not clear. However, seminars, meetings, and conferences are necessary for updating our knowledge and skills. The web-based seminars (webinars) are the solutions to this issue. This study aimed to show the participant behavior when webinars present at the Covid-19 pandemic era. Methods: Between December 2017 – July 2020, 58 webinars were broadcasted via the Uropedia, electronic library of SUST. Data of all webinars were collected with the YouTube analytics and application of the Uropedia. Data of streaming webinars included participant behaviors such as content views, engagement time, total unique attendees, average engagement time, and the number of audience to leads. Data were split into two groups; group-1 is webinars before Covid-19 (before March 2020), group-2 is the webinars during Covid-19. Results: Total broadcast time and total page view number were found to be 112.6 hours (6761 min.) and 15919, respectively. The median participant age was 40.1 years. Median content view and median engagement time were found to be 261.0 min., and 12.2 min., respectively. Comparison of two groups revealed a significant increment in the content views (group 1;134.0 range=86.0-87.0 and group 2; 414.0 range=296.0-602.0, p<0.001) and the number of the unique attendees (group 1; 18.0 range=10.0-26.0 and group 2; 57.0 range=27.0-100.0, p<0.001) following Covid-19. However, the median engagement time of the audience did not seem to change with the Covid-19 pandemic (group 1; 11.5 range=10.0-13.3 min. and group 2; 13.2 range=9.4-18.1 min., p=0.12). Conclusion: The webinars are effective ways to share information and have many advantages, including low cost, reaching the high number of audiences. Audience number and page visits seemed to increase following the Covid-19 pandemic. However, The engagement time did not seem to affect a critical attitude of the audience
16 Dec 2020Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
16 Dec 2020Assigned to Editor
16 Dec 2020Submission Checks Completed
05 Feb 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
02 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
08 Apr 2021Editorial Decision: Accept