MEDICAL STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE ON ONLINE TEACHING DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN PERIOD
Siva Prabodh V.*, Lakshmi N., Srinivas C., Kumar Chowdary K. V. S. and Srinivas G.
Introduction: The COVID-19 has resulted in shutting down the schools and colleges all over the world. Globally, all students are out of the classroom. Rapid developments in technology have made distance education easy. Online learning can be termed as a tool that can make the teaching–learning process more student-centered, more innovative, and even more flexible. The present study aims to collect feedback from the students on online classes with structured questionnaire, which may further help to improve the quality of online education. Materials and methods: A structured questionnaire consists of ten questions was given online as Google forms to 1st year, 2nd year, final year part -I and final year part –II MBBS students and informed them to answer the questions online. The responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics like percentages. Results: In our study we observed that around 72% students felt that online classes are useful for their studies in this pandemic, but only 52.1% students are serious about their online classes. 74.4% students felt that study material provided in the form of ppts is more useful for their learning. 72.4% expressed that the time limit of 45 minutes for each online class is appropriate and 61.1% felt that they understood the concepts easily in online classes also but only 46.7% students felt that participation and interaction in online classes is less when compared with traditional class room. 61.1% felt that weekly assessment in each subject will help them better learning during this pandemic. Discussion and conclusion: It is observed that online classes are helpful in their learning during lockdown period because of Covid-19 pandemic, online classes along with provision of study material in the form of ppts and weekly assessments were best appreciated by majority of students. It is prudent to give study material of each class in advance/or immediately after the online class and also weekly assessments in each subject help the students to learn with high interest and learn the concepts better.
Keywords: Online class, Traditional class, Pandemic, Covid-19.
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