DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2319-2003.ijbcp20213752

Online learning during COVID-19 pandemic - a cross sectional survey of students’ perception

Vemuri V. Rani

Abstract


Background: The corona virus pandemic had an impact on the student’s education especially the medical and dental students. There was no option but to continue the education by using the online platforms to take lectures. This survey aims at finding out the students’ perception towards these online classes.

Methods: After ethics committee approval, a pre-validated questionnaire was administered as a Google form to the first, second bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBBS) students and first, second bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) students, data was analyzed using descriptive statistics in Microsoft excel.

Results: Out of 400 students who were sent the questionnaire 169 answered, with a response rate of 42.25%. 43 (25.44%) students had responded that the availability of the PowerPoint presentation for future reference makes it better for their study. 59 (34.91%) students said the main problem with the online lectures was Internet connectivity and technical issues /buffering during the class. Mean was 3 and above for three questions regarding the interaction during online classes and missing face to face interaction with both faculty and students.

Conclusions: There is a positive attitude towards online learning, but the students miss the face-to-face interaction with the faculty and students. There is a necessity for improving the required infrastructure as well as training the faculty for the use of online platforms for planning and undertaking the sessions in an interactive way keeping in view the future occurrence of similar situations.


Keywords


Cross sectional study, Online learning, Undergraduates, E-learning, Survey

Full Text:

PDF

References


Hoq MZ. E-Learning During the Period of Pandemic (COVID-19) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: An Empirical Study. Am J Educ Res. 2020;8(7):457-64.

Howlett D, Vincent T, Gainsborough N, Fairclough J, Taylor N, Cohen J, Vincent R. Integration of a Case-Based Online Module into an Undergraduate Curriculum: What is Involved and is it Effective? E-Learning and Digital Media. 2009;6(4):372-84.

George PP, Papachristou N, Belisario JM, Wang W, Wark PA, Cotic Z, et al. Online eLearning for undergraduates in health professions: A systematic review of the impact on knowledge, skills, attitudes and satisfaction. J Glob Health. 2014;4(1):010406.

Sandhu P, de Wolf M. The impact of COVID-19 on the undergraduate medical curriculum. Med Educ Online. 2020;25(1):1764740.

Smart KL, Cappel JJ. Students’ Perceptions of Online Learning: A Comparative Study. J Inform Tech Educ Res. 2006;5:201-19.

Dost S, Hossain A, Shehab M, Abdelwahed A, Al-Nusair L. Perceptions of medical students towards online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic: a national cross-sectional survey of 2721 UK medical students. BMJ Open. 2020;10:e042378.

Ananga P, Biney IK. Comparing Face-to-Face and Online teaching and learning in higher education. MIER J Educ Stud Trends Pract. 2017;7(2):165-79.

Moazami F, Bahrampour E, Azar MR, Jahedi F, Moattari M. Comparing two methods of education (virtual versus traditional) on learning of Iranian dental students: a post-test only design study. BMC Med Educ. 2014;14:45.

Zehry K, Halder N, Theodosiou L. E-Learning in medical education in the United Kingdom. Procedia - Social and Behav Sci. 2011;15:3163-7.

Fidalgo P, Thormann J, Kulyk, O. Students’ perceptions on distance education: A multinational study. Int J Educ Technol High Educ. 2020;17:18.

McGee JB, Neill J, Goldman L, Casey E. Using multimedia virtual patients to enhance the clinical curriculum for medical students. Stud Health Technol Inform. 1998;52(2):732-5.

Baczek M, Zaganczyk-Baczek M, Szpringer M, Jaroszynski A, Wozakowska-Kapłon B. Students’ perception of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic: a survey study of Polish medical students. Medicine. 2021;100(7):e24821.

Golchai B, Nazari N, Hassani F, Bahadori MH. Computer-based E-teaching (Virtual Medical Teaching) or Traditional Teaching: A Comparison Between Medical and Dentistry Students. Procedia - Social and Behav Sci. 2012;47:2080-3.

Jiang Z, Wu H, Cheng H, Wang W, Xie A, Fitzgerald SR. Twelve tips for teaching medical students online under COVID-19. Med Educ Online. 2021;26:(1):1854066.

O’Doherty D, Dromey M, Lougheed J. Barriers and solutions to online learning in medical education – an integrative review. BMC Med Educ. 2018;18:130.