‘E-learning in medical education: students’ experience, challenges and perspectives: a cross-sectional study in India.’

Medical e-learning: experience, challenges and perspectives

Authors

  • Kabita Barua
  • SK Rasania DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE, LADY HARDINGE MEDICAL COLLEGE, NEW DELHI
  • Anita S Acharya
  • Ankita Singh DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE, LADY HARDINGE MEDICAL COLLEGE, NEW DELHI https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5441-0978

Keywords:

E-learning, Medical Education, Perspectives, Challenges

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, E- classes were initiated in medical colleges to facilitate continuation of studies, giving us a unique opportunity to examine its potential in medical education, understand students’ perspectives and assess its scope for future use. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 537 undergraduate medical students in an Indian medical college using Google forms between May to June 2020. The questionnaire consisted of sections on e-learning experience, perspectives regarding role of instructor in enhancing e-learning experience, challenges and future scope of improved implementation of e-learning. Statistical analysis included descriptive statistics. SPSS 23 was used for data analysis. RESULTS: Among study participants, (46.7%) could regularly join all e-classes on time. Prior scheduling of e-classes (88.6%) and sharing of study material in e-learning application (84%) by teachers/instructors, interactive discussion with teachers (71.1%) and their response to students’ queries verbally or through chat messages in e-learning application during the class (77%) facilitated e-learning among the participants. For (42.6%) e-learning represented considerable challenge in acquiring clinical medical skills. Theory lectures were found suitable for medical teaching by e-learning mode while clinical case discussions were not preferred. CONCLUSION: E-classes had some definite advantages; however, undergraduate medical students preferred a blended approach more as e-learning represented a challenge for learning clinical medical skills. Instructors were found to have a definite role in enhancing e-learning experience in students. Providing solutions to barriers like poor network connectivity and technical issues are essential for improved implementation of e-learning in medical education.

 

 

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Author Biographies

SK Rasania, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE, LADY HARDINGE MEDICAL COLLEGE, NEW DELHI

Director Professor and Head of the Department

Department of Community Medicine

Lady Hardinge Medical College

New Delhi

Anita S Acharya

Director Professor

Department of Community Medicine

Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi

Ankita Singh, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE, LADY HARDINGE MEDICAL COLLEGE, NEW DELHI

Senior Resident

Department of Community Medicine

Lady Hardinge Medical College

New Delhi

Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

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Barua K, Rasania SK, Acharya AS, Singh A. ‘E-learning in medical education: students’ experience, challenges and perspectives: a cross-sectional study in India.’: Medical e-learning: experience, challenges and perspectives. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2021 Dec. 31 [cited 2022 Jan. 17];33(4). Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2231

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Original Article (IAPSM Member PG Thesis Only)

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