Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bibinagar, Telangana, India

2 Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India


BACKGROUND: Learning helps acquire knowledge or skills. COVID‑19 outbreak severely affected
the progress of education all across the globe. Pandemic‑induced alternative methods of teaching
promoted the progress of online education. Hence, this study is undertaken to assess an overview
of teaching learning strategies in the COVID‑19 pandemic so as to explore the direction of medical
education and help perk up the teaching learning methods in medical education.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: The cross‑sectional study involves first year medical undergraduate
students of 2020–2021 batch studying at Dr.VMGMC, Solapur. It involves complete enumeration of
students of 2020-2021 batch. Due to the second wave of COVID‑19 pandemic hematology, classes
were continued and completed by the same faculty by online live teaching using Microsoft teams.
As this being an online survey, it was ethically exempted. A comparison of questionnaires between
offline and online classes was done by using χ2
 test and a P value less than 0.05 was considered
as significant. Quantitative data generated by the dichotomous question and five‑point Likert scale
questions were analyzed using descriptive statistics and frequency analysis. Out of 189 respondents,
majority of students preferred traditional offline classes over online classes. Self‑directed learning
was feasible in both methods of teaching.
DISCUSSION: Traditional offline classes were more interactive and enthusiastic than online classes.
Offline classes helped students to revise, recollect, and reproduce necessary information as their
attention span was better in offline teaching than online teaching.
CONCLUSION: Holistic understanding and better learning were experienced through traditional
offline classes. Although teachers take double efforts for online teaching, the overall learning effect
and impact of traditional offline classes were much better than online classes. It definitely motivates
andrgaogy and helps understand the concept on their own.


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