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J Oral Biol Craniofac Res. 2022 Mar-Apr;12(2):223-227. doi: 10.1016/j.jobcr.2022.02.002. Published online February 16, 2022.
BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the education system. The shift from traditional learning to online mode during the quarantine period has significantly affected dental education. The present study aimed to determine the impact of e-learning on dental education and the potential challenges faced by dental students.
METHODS: An online survey-based questionnaire was distributed to 103 BDS students and comments were recorded.
RESULTS: The study yielded a 57% response rate comprising both female (56%) and male (44%) respondents. The participants were categorized into two groups with age brackets of 22 and older. The majority of female students (86.2%) were more inclined towards offline learning than male students (57.8%) (p=0.001). More preference for the offline mode was observed in 83% of students (>22 years old) than in 66.1% of students (22 years old) (93.2%) (p = 0.02). Students (>22 years old) had more difficulty using the various online platforms (87.2%) than students (
CONCLUSION: E-learning has had a negative impact on dental education. The students agreed that the online mode cannot replace traditional face-to-face learning.