Perception of medical students about online learning in the COVID-19 era


  • Kalpana Ramachandran
  • Robert Dinesh Kumar



e-learning, internet, COVID-19, online, education


Introduction and Aim: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a disruption in the academic schedule. As UNESCO observes an 87% interruption in student learning across the globe, it is undeniable that e-learning would have a major role to play in the future and both teachers and learners are getting accustomed to this ‘New Normalcy’. This survey analyses the perception of medical first-year students about online learning in the COVID-19 era.


Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive questionnaire based study was done and first year medical students were asked to respond. The respondents were asked to answer the questions in Likert-scale, from 1-5. Statistical analysis was done and Test for one proportion was calculated using ‘z’ test. A p-value of <0.05 was considered significant.


Results: A total of 122 first year medical students responded to the survey. More than two-thirds of the respondents were females (67%). About 78% of respondents find online learning interesting and enjoyable. More than 80% of students found online education very satisfactory in all aspects. Problems with internet connectivity was the principal challenge faced by the students during online learning. An overwhelming 70% of students felt online teaching to be very beneficial.


Conclusion: The pandemic has posed an unprecedented challenge to the academic schedule. Although many challenges were faced by the teachers and learners, internet connectivity continued to be a major problem in online education. It is the duty of every educationist to ensure an uninterrupted, continuous and an effective process of teaching and learning.


Author Biographies

Kalpana Ramachandran

Department of Anatomy, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (SRMC& RI), Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research (SRIHER) Chennai 600116, Tamil Nadu, India

Robert Dinesh Kumar

Department of Anatomy, Sri Muthukumaran Medical College Hospital & Research Institute, Chikkarayapuram, Near Mangadu, Chennai 600069, TamilNadu, India


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How to Cite

Ramachandran K, Dinesh Kumar R. Perception of medical students about online learning in the COVID-19 era. Biomedicine [Internet]. 2021Apr.3 [cited 2021Sep.22];41(1):139-45. Available from:



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