CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Eur J Dent 2020; 14(S 01): S34-S43
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1717000
Original Article

Self-Reported Effectiveness of e-Learning Classes during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Nation-Wide Survey of Pakistani Undergraduate Dentistry Students

Huma Sarwar
1  Department of Operative Dentistry, Dr. Ishrat-Ul-Ibad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
,
Hira Akhtar
2  Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Dow Dental College, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
,
Meshal Muhammad Naeem
3  Department of Periodontology, Dr. Ishrat-Ul-Ibad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
,
Javeria Ali Khan
4  Department of Operative Dentistry, Dow Dental College, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
,
Khadija Waraich
1  Department of Operative Dentistry, Dr. Ishrat-Ul-Ibad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
,
Sumaiya Shabbir
1  Department of Operative Dentistry, Dr. Ishrat-Ul-Ibad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
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4  Department of Operative Dentistry, Dow Dental College, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
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5  Department of Prosthodontics and Dental Implantology, College of Dentistry, King Faisal University, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
› Author Affiliations

Abstract

Objectives The main aim of this study was to determine the undergraduate dental students’ self-reported effectiveness of online classes offered by various dental institutes of Pakistan.

Materials and Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted using an online survey. A pretested and validated questionnaire comprising of 31 questions was circulated among dental students. The study participants were inquired about the perceived level of accessibility of resources and the effectiveness of online teaching. The data was analyzed using SPSS version 24. Mann–Whitney U test and Kruskal–Wallis test were used for statistical analysis at p ≤0.05.

Results A total of 1,207 students from all over Pakistan responded. The majority of students was dissatisfied with the institutional learning management system and quality of learning resources available. Students were also dissatisfied with the level of training of teachers for online lectures. The worst rating was reported for questions related to the effectiveness of online classes (average rating: 3.83 and 3.781/5). First-year students reported poor interaction with teachers (p < 0.001) and strongly disagreed with the effectiveness of online classes (mean rating: 4.14 ± 0.935).

Conclusions The results from the present survey showed that dental students of Pakistan unanimously voiced dissatisfaction toward various elements of online teaching sessions. Findings from this survey will aid the academic institutes to establish proficient learning platforms focused on improving students` learning experience.



Publication History

Publication Date:
01 October 2020 (online)

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