A Comparative Study of Offline Versus Online Teaching of Anatomy Conducted on First Year MBBS Students of JNMC, AMU, Aligarh
Background: Online classes and the internet based learning have become tools to continue learning process during COVID-19 times. This study explores the effectiveness of online teaching on the performance of students in professional exams and examines the potential challenges and drawbacks of online teaching. The present study also compares whether online learning is as effective as offline learning.
Methodology: The study was conducted on students of two batches (2018 and 2019) of MBBS, JNMC, AMU. The batch of 2018 had its entire syllabus covered in the traditional offline pattern while the 2019 batch had to be taught via online mode taking into consideration the Covid-19 operational guidelines. The mean marks of students of two batches in their final examination were calculated and the results were compared. The feedback from the students was also recorded and analysed.
Results: Students of 2018 batch who were taught offline performed significantly better in terms of mean marks obtained, 65.67±12.224 vs 58.57±11.806 (P<0.001) as well as in terms of proportion of students obtaining 1st division, 75.33% vs 48% (P<0.001).
Conclusion: Our study findings reveal that offline learning is a more effective method of learning anatomy. However, online learning in present times is a necessity and not an option. So, innovative methods should be devised to improve teaching and learning of anatomy via online platform to effect a better performance outcomes from the students.
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