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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-17

Perception of online classes during COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study among the students of a rural tertiary care center and dental college in Kerala, India

Department of Prosthodontics, Government Dental College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India

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Dr. A R Adhershitha
Department of Prosthodontics, Government Dental College, Alappuzha, Kerala.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_47_20

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Purpose: To study the perception of online classes among the students of Government Dental College, Alappuzha, a rural tertiary care center and dental education institute in the state of Kerala, India, during COVID-19 pandemic. Materials and Methods: Questionnaire comprised of four domains: the first domain included socio-demographic details, the second domain was used to explore the details of online classes that happened during the pandemic, third domain was on the students’ perception of online classes and the fourth domain was on students’ likes and dislikes, suggestions and practices. Results: Media quality in various platforms and interaction potential with teachers were assessed. Even though understanding of the academic content was found good, perception of clinical/pre-clinical learning was poor. Preferred duration of each session was 45 min to 1 h. Majority of students preferred regular classes and few suggested a blended mode beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharing of reading materials in the form of multimedia slides or any other detailed reading format or recordings and a provision to store them for further reference too was preferred. Conclusions: Acceptable levels of e-learning experience were revealed by the study participants. In the Indian context, as a developing country, good network and internet coverage has to be ensured for students for the successful implementation of online education. E-learning can be adopted as an adjunct to traditional classroom learning after the prevailing pandemic.

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