Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Author : Aga, Nausheen

Real-Time Measurement Of Psychological Impact Due To E- Learning; Among The Undergraduate Dental Students During Covid-19

H.M. Owais Nasim; Azeem Ul Yaqin Syed; Laraib Qamar; Saba Saleem; Zainab Javaid; Ayesha Khalid; Muhammad Sohail Zafar; Nausheen Aga

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2021, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 1242-1251

Objectives: To assess the psychological factors in undergraduate dental students towards elearning
in clinical skills education compared to traditional teaching methods and their
relationship with performance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods: In this study, survey conducted among 494undergraduate dental students of all four
sessions from different dental universities within the Pakistan. Total 494 undergraduate
dental students responded to a 28-question online survey to identify e- learning is more
convenient and practical than traditional learning and to measure it 5- point Likert Scale used.
To measure level of psychological impact, Hamilton Anxiety Scale used due to e-learning
among undergraduate dental students.
Results: The majority of undergraduate dental student’s responded e-learning is not
convenient and practical than traditional learning system. The majority of undergraduate
dental students reported very severe level of psychological impact due to e-learning and closing
of institutions during COVID-19 pandemic. Results are statistically significant and analyzed
on IBM SPSS version 23. There are 82% students responded having problem with e-learning
system and among them 58 % have very severe anxiety and 24% have severe anxiety. So the
results shows increased percentage of anxiety due e-learning.
Conclusion: Dental students expressed a higher level of comfort and effective learning in a
recognizable, conventional classroom circumstance. Teaching with traditional system
improves student’s critical thinking skills and formulates opinions or arguments by engaging in
live discussions. This study reveals that students face challenges in using the e-learning
resources because of incompetency in the IT skills, lack of motivation and access to proper
internet. The most important issue identified by this study is maintaining an effective
interaction with dental students in e-learning system of teaching to fill the gap between the
teacher and students. There should be further flexibility workload and learning time tostudents to reduce the level of anxiety among the dental students.