Background and Objective of Study: To contain COVID-19, most education institutions around the globe have been temporarily closed, impacting millions of students.
Many medical universities have opted for online classes. Online teaching in medical universities is a novelty, and it poses different sets of challenges compared to regular classes. Since online teaching might persist for a longer time, this study was conducted to help students gain maximum out of these online classes.
Materials and Methods: 150 First year medical students were selected for the study. Students were divided into two random groups (A &B) of 75 each. Group A were informed about the topic of the class and were encouraged to study prior to the class. Group B students attended the class without any preparation, but were instructed to study the topic immediately after completion of online lecture. Both the groups were compared for their involvement during the lecture class and their understanding of the topic were statistically analyzed.
Results: Group A scored better than group B with significant P value (
Discussion and Conclusion: Group A, being aware of upcoming lecture class topic and had prepared, were more attentive in class, as well as interactive and performed better in the assessment. This study suggests to reduce the duration of online class, share the material of the class prior and encourage students to prepare on the topic for better results of online classes.
COVID 19, Medical students, Online class.