Perceptions of students regarding E-learning during Covid-19 at a private medical college

Pak J Med Sci. 2020 May;36(COVID19-S4):S57-S61. doi: 10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2766.


Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of students towards e-learning during the lock down.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted at Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry. MBBS and BDS students of all levels participated in the study with a sample size calculated as 377. A self-administered questionnaire was developed. After validation from the Medical Education Experts, pilot test was run on 30 participants before the administration of the questionnaire. The questionnaire was emailed to the participants for data collection. Reliability of the questionnaire was determined. Independent T-test was applied for determining the perceptions of students towards e-learning. Frequencies and percentages were also computed for demographics.

Results: Total 382 responses were received.137 males and 245 females participated in the study. 0.851 was calculated as Cronbach's alpha of the questionnaire. Overall, 77% students have negative perceptions towards e-learning. 76% of the students use mobile device for their e-learning.

Conclusion: Students did not prefer e-teaching over face-to-face teaching during the lock down situation. Administration and faculty members should take necessary measures for improving e-teaching for better learning during lock down.

Keywords: Covid-19; E-learning; Face-to-face teaching; Perceptions.