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Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2022, Volume: 15, Issue: 18, Pages: 892-898

Original Article

Online Learning: A Lifeline during COVID-19 Crisis

Received Date:06 December 2022, Accepted Date:23 March 2022, Published Date:25 May 2022


Objectives: An observational research was conducted on second-year BDS students to assess the students’ early experiences with online teaching approaches and their usefulness during the pandemic. Method: A total of 250 second-year BDS students from several dental colleges in the state of Karnataka, India participated in the study to assess their formative experiences with online teaching methods. The questionnaire was created with Google forms which comprised largely of closed-ended questions along with some open-ended ones. The research was carried out for a month after the start of online education. The data were analyzed via the histogram and pie chart visualizations in Google form responses. Results: The results showed that online instruction had been very effective due to its flexibility and interactiveness. However, the vast majority of dental students (more than 80%) thought that online education reduced their direct contact with patients, therefore limiting their practical experience/skills. Conclusion: The research depicts the importance of online teaching methods for dental students for them to keep up with their studies. It also demonstrates how this structure restricts their practical experience and skills.

Keywords: COVID-19; Classroom-teaching; Dental Education; E-learning; Online Education


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© 2022 Meenakshi et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Published By Indian Society for Education and Environment (iSee)


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