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Perception about online learning among undergraduate medical students during COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study in northern India

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Dr. Parul Nema, Dr. Vaibhav Agrawal, Dr. Shikha Agrawal, Dr. Ramesh Agrawal
» doi: 10.48047/ecb/2023.12.Si6.052


Medical education has gone online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, various challenges arise during online assessment, which include reliability, when done without monitoring and practical concerns like Internet connectivity issues. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of students towards e-learning during the Covid 19 lock down. Methods: Cross-sectional prospective web-based study conducted at tertiary care center, central India. Undergraduate M.B.B.S students of all professional were enrolled A structured questionnaire was developed and distributed to medical students of Madhya Pradesh using Google forms. Participation was voluntary and informed consent was obtained from each participant. All response obtained by the participants were assessed by using Excel Windows. Results: The total number of participants was 450, of which 38% were first professional students. Majority of the students (61%) was familiar with the web based learning. When enquired about the device preferred for e-learning 396 (88%) students chose mobile phones, Maximum students 56% used mobile network for learning. When questioned about the type of e-learning by the college 66% of students preferred Lecture through power point presentation about half of the student was satisfied with online classes, 56% get interrupted internet access during class time and 82% faced audio visual problem during online class. Conclusions: This study found mixed perceptions regarding online learning. This study also provided valuable inputs which can be utilized to improve effectiveness and quality of online medical education delivery in future.

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