A Descriptive Study to Assess the Perceptions of Undergraduate Medical Students Towards Acceptance of E-Learning Vs Conventional Methods in An Integrated Curriculum in Physiology
Keywords:Conventional, E-learning, Perceptions, Covid-19, Pandemic, Curriculum,Virtual Education, Blackboard.
Background: Institutions across the world have shifted to virtual education to keep the academic activities
going due to the COVID-19 pandemic jeopardizing the academiccalendars. E-learning was being used as
a part of distance learning courses but the preparedness, designing and effectiveness in using it towards
conducting regular courses have been the main concern in countries where students are not used to virtual
classes due to technical constraints like faculty training, suitability of devices and bandwidth availability
posing a serious challenge. Methods: A cross-sectional, web-based study was done among 50 second year
medical undergraduate students in 2020. A standardized, electronic, self-administered, Google Form data
collection sheet was distributed. It included the seven components to evaluate; Course Schedule, objectives,
time management, teaching methods, assessment methods, academic achievement and student concerns.
Descriptive, inferential statistics were applied. Results: e-learning has been accepted very well by the
students (48%) and they found it to add as a better learning resource (44%). About 25% of students find both
e-leaning and conventional methods as convenient in learning.The major advantage in conventional methods
were due to peer interaction, student-faculty interaction and active participation of faculty with feedback.
Conclusion: Most of the students appraised that e-learning can be used as complementary to conventional
methods. The conventional methods had an upper hand in long term; teaching concepts, peer interaction and
faculty feedback with better planning and implementation of curricular activities holding the key for success
in fulfilling the expected outcomes by either of the methods.
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