Document Type : Original Article



BACKGROUND: Nowadays, the use of Internet with e‑learning resources anytime and anywhere
leads to interaction possibilities among teachers and students from different parts of the world. It
is becoming increasingly pertinent that we exploit the Internet technologies to achieve the most
benefits in the education.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study compares the difference between traditional classroom
and e‑learning in the educational environment. Medical undergraduate students of our institution were
enrolled to compare between the online versus traditional method of teaching through questionnaire.
RESULTS: Forty percent of students found the online lecture material difficult to understand. 42.6%
of respondents found it difficult to clear the doubts in online teaching; 64.4% of the participants
believed that they have learned more in a face‑to‑face learning.
CONCLUSION: In this study, we concluded that online mode offers flexibility on timing and delivery.
Students can even download the content, notes, and assignment. Despite all the advantages
offered, there is a general consensus that no technology can replace face‑to‑face teaching in real
because in this, there will be visual as well as verbal discussion. Looking at the uncertainty of the
current scenario, it is difficult to predict how long online classes will have to continue. Hence, it is of
paramount importance that we assess the effectiveness of online classes and consequently take
measures to ensure proper delivery of content to students, especially in a skilled field like medicine,
so we concluded that face‑to‑face learning is of utmost importance in medical institutions.


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