Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Anatomy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India,

2 Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

3 Department of Anesthesiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India


BACKGROUND: COVID-19 lockdown has mandated the medical colleges to start academics using
electronic mode. Synchronous e-learning was started by our institute to replicate traditional classes in
line with the routine academic schedule. the objective of this study attempted to assess the e-learning
readiness of the students of our institute.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive study was planned using the model
proposed by Oketch et al. with local modifications. The questionnaire was designed in Google
Forms and mailed to respond using Likert scale. The nonparametric data collected from the total 84
respondents were analyzed for validity and reliability of the questionnaire, mean values to know the
readiness (mean = 3.4), and one‑step multiple regression to know the predictors.
RESULTS: The mean eLR (e-learning readiness) as evaluated from attitudinal readiness (MeanAR = 3.6),
culture readiness (MeanCR = 2.3), material and technological readiness (MeanMTR = 3.7), and mental
health readiness (MeanMHR = 2.4) is 3.03 (60.6% with n = 84). Multiple regression analysis revealed
that all the variables except MHR can significantly predict e‑learning readiness linearly (P < 0.05).
CONCLUSION: The institute is ready for e‑learning in terms of AR and MTR (mean values >3.4).
CR and MHR still need a lot of improvisation to make it acceptable for e‑learning. The model could
explain 54.9% readiness level with CR as the most important predictor. More than 73% (n = 84) of the
respondents have acknowledged the present form of online classes to be the best available option
in COVID-19 lockdown and most of them are adapted to e-classes in the institute.


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