Medical Students & e-Learning during COVID-19 Crisis: A Structural Equation Modeling Based Study
Background: COVID-19 crisis affected the medical education throughout the world. During the infectious outbreak, closure of universities was the only solution to prevent the spread of virus. However, adoption of e-Learning helped in sustaining the medical educational activities.
Objective: The current study focus on e-Learning acceptance among medical students during the COVID-19 crisis in Pakistan.
Study type, settings & duration: This cross-sectional study was conducted at the four different medical institutes of Punjab from January 2021 to March 2021.
Methodology: The random sample technique was used to include 314 medical students by using the sample section criteria suggested by Krejcie and Morgan. We also proposed a self-proposed conceptual model supported by Media System Dependency Theory.
Results: Findings indicated that despite e-Learning has some limitations for the medical students, still we found a strong significant relationship between students' positive perceptions towards e-Learning during the Covid-19. i.e., the significance for H1, e-Learning and its Impact was (β =0.266, p <0.011), for H2, e-Learning as a Substitute, (β= 0.144, p<0.00), and the H3, the Perceptions of students towards e-Learning was (β =0.2121, p <0.000).
Conclusion: We concluded that, e-Learning is a potential solution to sustain the educational activities and balance the cessation of ward rotations during the lockdown. Using e-Learning during the COVID-19 not only depicted the role of internet-based learning, it also highlighted the greater dependence on new media technology.
(1) Department of Mass Communication, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad.
(2) Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal
(3) Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal
(4) Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal
(5) Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal
(6) King Edward Medical University, Lahore
(*) Corresponding Author