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Evaluation of online education for medical undergraduates during COVID-19 pandemic: A student’s perspective

Jyoti Khanna, Mahesh C Gupta.


Background: With the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus, isolation measures and closed universities have forced medical colleges to offer education online. The study aims to evaluate medical student’s perspectives on online education during the corona pandemic.

Aims and Objectives: The objectives of the study were assessing the impact of COVID-19 on students before the start of online sessions, evaluating- the online accessibility of students, the attitude of medical undergraduate students toward online learning, and their preference toward online/traditional learning.

Material and Methods: The present study was an observational study conducted at Pandit B.D. Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India. The participants were asked to fill online survey questionnaire through Google Forms provided to them through official e-mail channels. The survey consisted of 27 questions in five domains.

Results: A total of 424 medical undergraduates completed the survey. About 75% of participants were feeling stressed regarding studies during the corona pandemic. With start of online classes, 97% of the participants were attending them. Around 39% believe that their internet access is only somewhat reliable and 12.7% as not at all reliable. About 51.7% are only somewhat motivated to attend online sessions. About 64.2% believe that they are not being provided with practical sessions and want them to be included. Around 45% do not wish to continue with online sessions. Only 10.4% strongly prefer online classes over traditional classes.

Conclusion: The majority of medical undergraduates want more of practical training to be included to make online learning effective. In terms of preference, they prefer traditional teaching methods over online.

Key words: COVID-19 Pandemic; Medical Student Perspective; Online Teaching; Preference for Online Classes; Student’s Perspective; Traditional Teaching

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