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Perceptions of undergraduate medical students regarding institutional online teaching-learning programme

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Medical Sciences

Publisher : Medical Journal Armed Forces India

Source : Medical Journal Armed Forces India, Volume 77, p.S227-S233 (2021)

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Keywords : distance learning, medical education, Perceptions, questionnaire, Undergraduate students

Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Department of Medical Education, Forensic Medicine

Year : 2021

Abstract : Background Medical education all over the country has been forced to shift to e-learning, mainly online classes. In this scenario, the medical education department (MEU) of a teaching hospital under a deemed university felt the need to study the satisfaction and usefulness of these classes, as perceived by the undergraduate medical students. Methods Questionnaire survey was planned. A specially designed questionnaire was created, keeping in mind, the study objectives. It was validated, and a pilot was conducted, for modifications and to calculate sample size. The questionnaire was administered by email as Google Forms. The responses, which included quantitative and qualitative responses, were analysed, and feedback points noted. Percentage level of satisfaction and usefulness was calculated with 95% confidence interval. To test the statistical significance of the association of satisfaction levels amongst students of different Phases, chi square test was used. Results On a scale scoring for satisfaction, 53.6% scored moderate, 31% high, and 15.4% low satisfaction. 49.8% of the students were less satisfied about attending classes from home; 15.7% felt it was better. 57.1% of the students found the concept of online learning moderately useful, 31.4% found it minimally useful, 11.5%, highly useful. Conclusions The undergraduate medical students perceived moderate satisfaction and usefulness with the on-going online classes. They expressed the desire to resume routine physical classes, especially for practicals and clinics. Points of improvement of the online teaching-learning programme were also obtained. This study revealed sufficient feedback to be shared with all stakeholders, regarding improvements in the online classes.

Cite this Research Publication : U. K. Menon, Gopalakrishnan, S., C, S. N. Unni, Ramachandran, R., Baby, P., Anu Sasidharan, and Radhakrishnan, N., “Perceptions of undergraduate medical students regarding institutional online teaching-learning programme”, Medical Journal Armed Forces India, vol. 77, pp. S227-S233, 2021.

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