Pros and Cons of Online Classes During COVID-19 in Comparison to Physical Classes
Background: Corona virus, formally known as COVID-19, was found at end of the year 2019, between a seafood market of Wuhan. Novel Corona Virus pandemic has created fear, anxiousness or a number of worries among the people around the world. It has affected every aspect of human life including education system of the whole world. Objective: This study was designed to explore the pros and cons of online learning in comparison to physical classes. Study Design: Cross-sectional study. Settings: Aziz Fatima Medical and Dental College, Faisalabad Pakistan. Duration: Four months from August to November 2021. Methods: By using non probability convenient sampling techniques 210 male and female medical students were included in this study. Pre designed questionnaire was distributed electronically through Google forms. Analysis was done by using SPSS version 23. Chi square test was used for comparison. Results were considered significant if p value was ≤ 0.05. Results: In our study 180 (85.7%) participants were agreed that there is lack of concentration during online classes. 191 (91%) said that it effects on clinical skills. 125 (59.5%) believed that there is no interaction between students and teachers. 148 (70.5%), 168 (80%) and 178 (84.8%) agreed that there are lack of face to face interaction, group discussion and collaboration due to online classes. Conclusion: COVID-19 affected the traditional learning methods around the world. Online learning is protecting students and teachers health due to COVID-19 pandemic, but it is not as effectual as traditional learning. In developing countries like Pakistan, online learning cannot bring out required results due to many technological and financial reasons.