Perceptions of Online Learning Implementation in Dental Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Study of Dental School Faculty Members in Southeast Asia

Yuniardini Septorini Wimardhani, Ratna Kumala Indrastiti, Adrianti Primata Ayu, Anandina Irmagita Soegyanto, Indriasti Indah Wardhany, Ajiravudh Subarnbhesaj, Nik Mohd Mazuan Nik Mohd Rosdy, Thao Thi Do

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the perceptions of faculty members from dental schools in Southeast Asian countries regarding the implementation of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: A previously implemented questionnaire comprising 43 questions was utilized in this study. Lecturers from four universities in Southeast Asia were invited to participate in the study. Statistical analysis: The data were analyzed using SPSS version 25.0 through several types of comparative and correlation analyses. Results: There were 183 lecturers who participated in the study. The overall responses suggest that the perceived effectiveness of online learning in dentistry was centered on a neutral value. The participants faced challenges when implementing online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the lack of interaction being the most challenging factor. They agreed that online learning had many advantages, specifically in time flexibility and communication. The participants had stronger perceptions relating the advantages and opportunities of online teaching, and recognized that the effectiveness of offline teaching alone was limited. Conclusion: The perceptions of Southeast Asian dental school faculty members were inclined toward a positive outlook on blended learning for implementation in dentistry, as a means of providing opportunities to use online learning beyond COVID-19 in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number201
JournalDentistry Journal
Volume11
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

Keywords

  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • dental education
  • hybrid learning
  • online learning
  • perception

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