Evaluation of Professors' Performance in Online Teaching during Covid-19 Pandemic from the Perspective of Medical Students of Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Document Type : Original Article

Authors

1 Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran.

2 Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 MSc, Counseling in Midwifery, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences, Neyshabur, Iran.

Abstract

Background
One of the popular methods of teacher evaluation is student appraisal. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the professors’ performance in online teaching from the perspective of medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Materials and Methods: The present cross-sectional study was conducted in Bushehr University of Medical Sciences in December 2020. Sample sizes were selected based on simple random sampling method. Data collection was carried out using baseline characteristics and the valid 12-item questionnaire. Medical students were asked to rate the items based on a five-point Likert scale. The questionnaires were distributed among medical students by the researchers (through telephone interviews, web-based questionnaires, and face-to-face visits in hospitals and colleges), and collected after completing. Data were analyzed using SPSS software version 16.0.
Results
A total of 90 medical students participated in the study, of which 57.8% were females. The highest satisfaction rate belonged to the items regarding professor’s knowledge and ability in the effective use of the educational software (83.4%), their use of online systems and communication software to increase communication and effective interaction (83.3%), and their knowledge and mastery of the educational content (82.2%). A statistically significant relationship was found between marital status and students' opinions about items 1-3, 10, and 11, meaning that single students had a more positive opinion about the ability of professors in online teaching.
Conclusion
Medical students of Bushehr University of Medical Sciences were relatively satisfied with their professors’ performance in online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic and requested professors to provide timely feedback and answers to their questions.

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