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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 64-71

COVID-19 pandemic: Its effects on perception of learning among students of dental schools in Jeddah

1 Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Ibn Sina National College for Medical Studies, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Oral Basic and Clinical Sciences, Ibn Sina National College for Medical Studies, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ullal Anand Nayak
Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Ibn Sina National College for Medical Studies, Jeddah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajprhc.ajprhc_21_22

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Context: The COVID-19 epidemic having produced a sudden and dramatic change in teaching and learning approaches, it is imperative to ascertain the effectiveness of these frequently used methods. Aims: The present study intends to examine the learning experience of dentistry students during the COVID-19 epidemic and to determine the perception of these students regarding learning. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional survey was done among the students (3rd year through internship) from all the four dental schools in Jeddah using a nonprobability convenience sample approach. Subjects and Methods: A Google Form comprising the pilot tested survey questionnaire with open-ended 20 questions in English was distributed to the dental students by personal E-mails or social media/messaging. As per the response, the participants' descriptive statistics were reported in frequencies and percentages. Statistical Analysis Used: The Chi-square test was performed to seek for correlations between variables using the (IBM) SPSS software version 22.0. Results: A total of 415 dental students across four dental colleges of Jeddah participated in the survey. The most opted virtual platform for carrying out teaching was Zoom (64.58%). Nearly 67.71% of them showed good proficiency in using various electronic devices (P = 0.016). They preferred online video demonstrations of dental procedures over live demonstrations (P = 0.004). Students preferred to work in a simulation setting in a laboratory than working on patients with either nonaerosol producing procedures or with limited patient exposures (P = 0.012). They believed that their confidence level acquired in practical/clinical skills was good (P = 0.022), but the pandemic had negatively affected their personal well-being/career growth (P < 0.001). Furthermore, they agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic would change the future of dental education (P = 0.002). Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way of education and virtual online education has becoming the new norm. The traditional assessment method of focusing solely on examinations needs to be updated.

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