Res Dev Med Educ. 2023;12: 15.
doi: 10.34172/rdme.2023.33110
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Online medical teaching during COVID-19 lockdown: perceptions by the South-Indian Faculty

Pratima M. Bhutkar 1* ORCID logo, Suganthi Vajiravelu 2 ORCID logo, Milind V. Bhutkar 1 ORCID logo, Deepti Shastri 3 ORCID logo

1 Department of Physiology, Swamy Vivekanandha Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu 637205, India
2 Department of Physiology, Vinayaka Mission’s K.V. Medical College & Hospitals, Vinayaka Missions Research Foundation (DU), Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Vinayaka Mission’s K.V. Medical College & Hospitals, Vinayaka Missions Research Foundation (DU), Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding Author: Pratima M. Bhutkar, Email: pratimab13@gmail.com


Background: The nationwide lockdown following the COVID-19 pandemic tremendously impacted the medical teaching-learning process. This study aimed to assess medical teachers’ perceptions about various aspects of online teaching-learning during the lockdown.

Methods: A survey questionnaire was developed using Google Forms and emailed to medical teachers in India. Responses were analyzed and their significance was assessed using a chi-square test with an alpha of 0.05.

Results: Out of 294 eligible responses, 70% belonged to deemed universities. 42.86% of teachers were preclinical, 23.81% paraclinical and 33.33% belonged to clinical subjects. Overall, 93.88% of faculty felt online teaching is time-consuming and 92.52% felt face-to-face classes are better. Almost 52% of faculties were reluctant to continue online classes after the lockdown. Approximately 53% of teachers believed that the maximum number of students would have utilized this facility, but still, a significant number of teachers were uncertain whether students would have benefited this activity. A significantly greater number of preclinical and paraclinical teachers conducted both theory and practical examinations as well as viva examinations, whereas clinical teachers primarily conducted theory examinations. Only 21.77% of teachers were satisfied with the conduct of examinations.

Conclusion: Medical teachers have adapted themselves to teaching online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Google Classroom was the most preferred platform and live synchronous classes were the most preferred choice for delivering the classes. Most of the faculty perceived that online teaching was time-consuming. They were skeptical about the active involvement of students in this process. Moreover, they felt that the reliability of online assessments needed improving.

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Submitted: 18 Apr 2023
Accepted: 20 Apr 2023
ePublished: 30 Oct 2023
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