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From Text to E-text: Perceptions of Medical, Dental and Allied Students About E-learning

Version 1 : Received: 8 June 2022 / Approved: 9 June 2022 / Online: 9 June 2022 (10:53:43 CEST)

How to cite: Fahim, A.; Rana, S.; Atif, S.; Basha, S.; Haider, I.; Alam, M.K.; Nagarajappa, A.K. From Text to E-text: Perceptions of Medical, Dental and Allied Students About E-learning. Preprints 2022, 2022060140 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202206.0140.v1). Fahim, A.; Rana, S.; Atif, S.; Basha, S.; Haider, I.; Alam, M.K.; Nagarajappa, A.K. From Text to E-text: Perceptions of Medical, Dental and Allied Students About E-learning. Preprints 2022, 2022060140 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202206.0140.v1).

Abstract

In 2020, students of Pakistan had to adapt to the online environment for the very first time. This study aims to analyze the perceptions of medical, dental, and allied health students about online education in Pakistan. A descriptive, cross-sectional study was done to assess the level of acceptance of undergraduate students. A pre-validated questionnaire regarding demographics, past-experience of e-learning, advantages disadvantages of e-learning, and general perception of students towards e-learning was distributed. Descriptive statistics were computed for demographics, Mann-Witney-U test was used to compare the differences of perceptions between pre-clinical year and clinical years students. Kruskal-Wallis test was applied to compare the results of three specialties of students. Chi-square was used to compare overall category-wise positive and negative responses of students. 1200 students participated in the study. The major advantage identified by all students was the ‘comfortable environment’ in which they studied online. The major disadvantage selected by preclinical year students was ‘anxiety due to social isolation’ and that chosen by clinical year students was ‘lack of patient interaction’. Overall, 72% of students had a negative perception of e-learning. Student-teacher training, student counselling sessions, and innovative techniques need to be introduced to enhance student engagement and reduce pandemic stress.

Keywords

Undergraduate; Medical; Online; Distance Education; Perception

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Dentistry

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