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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-40

E-learning in medical education during COVID era

1 Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bibinagar, Telangana, India
2 Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bibinagar, Telangana, India

Date of Submission08-Apr-2021
Date of Decision11-Apr-2021
Date of Acceptance27-May-2021
Date of Web Publication24-Nov-2021

Correspondence Address:
Gunvanti Rathod
Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bibinagar, Hyderabad Metropolitan Region, Telangana.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/dypj.DYPJ_19_21

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Rathod G, Parmar P. E-learning in medical education during COVID era. D Y Patil J Health Sci 2021;9:39-40

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Rathod G, Parmar P. E-learning in medical education during COVID era. D Y Patil J Health Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 27];9:39-40. Available from: http://www.dypatiljhs.com/text.asp?2021/9/1/39/331108

We are in the era where innovative teaching methods are of prime need. COVID has learned a new lesson to all the less technoservy teachers. All of us know that teaching was badly hampered because of pandemic of COVID infection along with health and economy all over the world. E-learning is emerging as an alternative system of education around the globe. As a part of tele-education, e-learning has become a very useful and popular educational tool for the professionals associated with health care particularly during the COVID situation. Along with innovative and interactive teaching methods, e-learning methods are crucial to address the requirements of students of the twenty-first century.[1] The students of current century seek flexibility and self-managed learning as positive.[2] To make the process of teaching and learning more efficient, continuous efforts have been made for the evolvement of new methods for the purpose of improvement in this regard. In the COVID era, e-learning helped education system in increasing effectiveness of learning and teaching, giving students and teachers multiple options to choose from. Being able to access information remotely anytime is a major benefit as it includes a reduction in anxiety and an increase in self-efficacy.[3] As the internet became better known, many universities have started to utilize the internet as an additional tool for learning and teaching purposes.[4]

Medical students and teachers have to stay home because of COVID pandemic lockdown. All medical colleges announced teaching through various platforms of e-learning. In COVID situation, e-learning is the only method as an alternative for education around the globe for all students. The previous research has found that many higher educational institutions provide e-learning for the following reasons: (1) e-learning could save resources in the long term; (2) it is a new educational innovation which could improve educational opportunities and quality; (3) e-learning could reduce problems of distance, time, and place. Above all, various eresources materials, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases have shared by many publishers on the basis of free access during this pandemic period. As a part of tele-education, e-learning has become a very useful educational tool for the professionals associated with health care and particularly for their continued medical education, workshops, symposia, and conferences. However, the medical students were also came across many difficulties during this lockdown period. Few of them are experienced of clinical exposures, outpatient department, and ward postings where they will have interactive communication with patients and teachers also case presentation sessions where the students learn enhancement of communication and clinical skills. There are some online platforms in the form of websites and blogs which can provide basic information and also offer opportunities to host videos for demonstrating essential skills, such as procedural clinical skills and communication.[5] The use of videos, podcasts, simple virtual reality, and computer simulations are increased to serve the need of real hospital scenario. Definitely all these assist teachers and facilitate student learning and training in the clinical teaching.

At last, we can say that e-learning is a boon in this COVID era. Many newer ways of teaching such as the use of Google site[6] and development of e-learning module[7] are born due to need. On the other hand, e-learning cannot replace the actual physical contact, humanity, and interaction among faculty and students, warmth, attachment, and bonding of classroom teaching but e-learning turned out to be best alternative in difficult time. In short, we have to prepare ourselves to adopt newer ways of teaching as and when required.

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