E-Learning amid the COVID-19 Lockdown: Standpoint of Medical and Dental Undergraduates

  • Aiza Anwar CMH Lahore Medical College & Institute of Dentistry https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8757-9128
  • Hajra Mansoor CMH Lahore Medical College & Institute of Dentistry
  • Danyal Faisal CMH Lahore Medical College & Institute of Dentistry
  • Huma Saeed Khan CMH Lahore Medical College & Institute of Dentistry
Keywords: COVID-19, E-learning, Medical education, Online learning, Readiness for E-learning

Abstract

Background and Objective: The corona-virus (COVID-19) pandemic has had devastating impacts on not only the health and socio-economic conditions but also on the education sector in various countries. Consequently, the world of education entered a new era of E-learning. This descriptive study, thus, aims to evaluate the standpoint of medical and dental undergraduates regarding E-learning amid the Covid-19 lockdown.

Methods: A descriptive online questionnaire was used to gather responses via Google forms. The questionnaire consisted of questions categorized as technology access, online skills and relationships, students’ views, and student’s perception of possible advantages of E-learning. Two hundred and eighty three medical and dental students of CMH Lahore Medical College participated in the study.

Results: One hundred and seventy nine female and 104 male students responded to the questionnaire. The results of the study showed students encouraging the accommodation of E-learning into current teaching practices. Students agreed online study material not only provides flexibility in the learning process (p=0.003) but also saves time (p = 0.012). Female participants showed a more positive readiness response towards e learning than males (p =0.001). Results also showed students have easier access to online teaching resources. Regarding online lectures, the students believe that online lectures were more organized (p= 0.001) and stimulated student interest (p=0.026). Students believe that frequent participation in the learning process is important for success in online education (p=0.002).

Conclusion: Undergraduate medical and dental students from the said private medical college are well equipped and ready to shift towards online education.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.1.3124

How to cite this:
Anwar A, Mansoor H, Faisal D, Khan HS. E-Learning amid the COVID-19 Lockdown: Standpoint of Medical and Dental Undergraduates. Pak J Med Sci. 2021;37(1):---------. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.1.3124

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Published
2020-11-21
How to Cite
Anwar, A., Mansoor, H., Faisal, D., & Khan, H. (2020). E-Learning amid the COVID-19 Lockdown: Standpoint of Medical and Dental Undergraduates. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 37(1). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.1.3124
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