Survey Among Medical Students During COVID-19 Lockdown: The Online Class Dilemma

  • Andrew Thomas Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation , Trivandrum, India https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2997-4525
  • Mohan T. Shenoy Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation , Trivandrum, India http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2298-8852
  • Kotacherry T. Shenoy Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation , Trivandrum, India http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2826-6869
  • Sruthi Suresh Kumar Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation , Trivandrum, India
  • Aboobakker Sidheeque Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation , Trivandrum, India
  • C. Khovidh SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Chennai, India
  • Jayakumar Parameshwaran Pillai Department of Biochemistry, Government Medical College, Trivandrum, India
  • Pramod Murukan Pillai Sree Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, Ernakulam, India
  • Shana Sherin CH Believers’ Church Medical College, Thiruvalla, India
  • Anna Mathew Pushpagiri Medical College, Thiruvalla, India.
  • Twinkle Zakkir Travancore Medical College, Kollam, India
  • Sreelakshmi Dileep Government Medical College, Kannur, India
  • Victory Mekha Malabar Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Calicut, India
  • Sony Raju Government Medical College, Thrissur, India
  • Mohammed Junaid K. Al Azhar Medical College & Super Specialty Hospital, Idukki, India
  • Sivendu P. KMCT Medical College Hospital, Calicut, India
Keywords: COVID-19, Lockdown, Cross-sectional survey, Undergraduate medical education, Medical students

Abstract

Background: In view of COVID-19 lockdown in India, many colleges started online classes. This study aimed to evaluate the attitudes of, and the factors affecting, medical students attending online classes during lockdown.

Methods: We designed an online questionnaire with open-ended, close-ended, and Likert scale questions. Links to the questionnaires were shared with the medical students who have attended at least one online class during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Respondents were 1061 participants from 30 medical colleges from the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in India.

Results: The majority of students – 94% (955/1016) – used smartphones to attend online classes. ZOOM/ Skype – by 57.1% (580/1016) – and Google platforms – by 54.4% (553/1016) – were commonly used. Learning at leisure – 44.5% (452/1016) – was the top reason why students liked online classes, whereas network problems – 85.8% (872/1016) – was the top reason why students disliked them. Lack of sufficient interaction – 61.1% (621/1016) was another reason why students disliked online learning. More than half the participants – 51.7% (526/1016) – did not want to continue online classes after COVID-19 lockdown. More students – 55% (558/1016) – favored regular classes than online classes.

Conclusion: Students in our survey did not seem favorably disposed to online classes. Network problems experienced by students should be addressed. Furthermore, teachers should try to make the classes more interactive and educational institutions should address the problems pointed out by the students in order to make online classes more effective in the future.

Author Biographies

Andrew Thomas, Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation , Trivandrum, India

Medical Student

Mohan T. Shenoy, Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation , Trivandrum, India

Consultant Endocrinologist, Department of Endocrinology

Kotacherry T. Shenoy, Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation , Trivandrum, India

Head of the Department and Professor, Department of Gastroenterology

Chairman, Institutional Research Cell (IRC), Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation

Sruthi Suresh Kumar, Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation , Trivandrum, India

Medical Student

Aboobakker Sidheeque, Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation , Trivandrum, India

Medical Student

C. Khovidh, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Chennai, India

Medical Student

Jayakumar Parameshwaran Pillai, Department of Biochemistry, Government Medical College, Trivandrum, India

Lab Assistant

Pramod Murukan Pillai, Sree Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, Ernakulam, India

Medical Student

Shana Sherin CH, Believers’ Church Medical College, Thiruvalla, India

Medical Student

Anna Mathew, Pushpagiri Medical College, Thiruvalla, India.

Medical Student

Twinkle Zakkir, Travancore Medical College, Kollam, India

Medical Student

Sreelakshmi Dileep, Government Medical College, Kannur, India

Medical Student

Victory Mekha, Malabar Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Calicut, India

Medical Student

Sony Raju, Government Medical College, Thrissur, India

Medical Student

Mohammed Junaid K., Al Azhar Medical College & Super Specialty Hospital, Idukki, India

Medical Student

Sivendu P., KMCT Medical College Hospital, Calicut, India

Medical Student

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Published
2020-08-03
How to Cite
Thomas, A., Shenoy, M. T., Shenoy, K. T., Suresh Kumar, S., Sidheeque, A., C. Khovidh, Pillai, J. P., Pillai, P. M., CH, S. S., Mathew, A., Zakkir, T., Dileep, S., Mekha, V., Raju, S., Junaid K., M., & P., S. (2020). Survey Among Medical Students During COVID-19 Lockdown: The Online Class Dilemma. International Journal of Medical Students, 8(2), 102-106. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2020.571
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