Perception of Online Lectures among Undergraduate Medical, Dental and Nursing Students during COVID-19 Pandemic: a Cross-Sectional Study at a Tertiary Teaching Hospital

Authors

  • Deependra Prasad Sarraf B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1434-2699
  • Gajendra Prasad Rauniar B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
  • Basant Kumar Karn B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
  • Ramayan Prasad Kushwaha B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
  • Shashi Keshwar B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/bjhs.v6i2.40352

Keywords:

Learning, medical education, online, perception, students

Abstract

Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected medical education and has forced educators to switch to online teaching-learning activities worldwide. Online teaching-learning activities has ensured the safe delivery of the lectures to the students.

Objective: To assess the perception of students towards online lectures and to analyze the perceived barriers to online learning in our context during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

Methodology: A cross-sectional online descriptive study was conducted among undergraduate students at a tertiary teaching college in Eastern Nepal during September-November 2020. The link of the Google form consisting of the semi-structured questionnaire was sent to the students through email. Descriptive statistics frequency and percentage were calculated using Microsoft Excel 2010. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Committee (IRC/2069/20).

Results: A total of 211 students participated in the study. Mean age of the students was 20.5±1.5 years. Out of 211, 130 (61.61%) students used smartphones to attend online lectures and 176 (83.41%) students had not attended any online classes before the COVID-19 pandemic. The most common perceived advantage of the online lectures was availability of recorded lectures (186, 88.15%) whereas reduced interaction (179, 84.83%) was the most common disadvantage. More than half (126, 59.72%) of the students disagreed/strongly disagreed that online lectures are more effective than traditional face-to-face lectures.

Conclusions: Most of the students had negative perception towards the online lectures. The study findings recommend using a hybrid of conventional face-to-face classroom based teaching and newer online teaching-learning activities for delivering medical education.

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Author Biographies

Deependra Prasad Sarraf, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

Associate professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics,

Gajendra Prasad Rauniar, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

Professor and Head, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Basant Kumar Karn, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

Additional Professor, Department of Child Health Nursing

Ramayan Prasad Kushwaha, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Shashi Keshwar, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Pathology Regarding the

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Published

2021-11-03

How to Cite

Sarraf, D. P. ., Rauniar, G. P. ., Karn, B. K. ., Kushwaha, R. P. ., & Keshwar, S. . (2021). Perception of Online Lectures among Undergraduate Medical, Dental and Nursing Students during COVID-19 Pandemic: a Cross-Sectional Study at a Tertiary Teaching Hospital. Birat Journal of Health Sciences, 6(2), 1522–1528. https://doi.org/10.3126/bjhs.v6i2.40352

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