Document Type : Original Article
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran.
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Pediatric, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandarabbs, Iran.
MSc, Counseling in Midwifery, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences, Neyshabur, Iran.
Background: Evaluation is necessary to reform and advance activities. The main purpose of the evaluation of education in universities is to improve the training programs and activities of faculty members. This study aimed to investigate the opinions of medical students about the quality of virtual education courses held during the COVID-19 period.
Materials and Methods: The present cross-sectional study was performed at Bushehr University of Medical Sciences in 2020. Consensus sampling was used to select medical students. Data collection was carried out using baseline characteristics and a valid 13-item questionnaire. Medical students were asked to rate the items based on a five-point Likert scale. Data were analyzed using SPSS software version 16.0.
Results: Ninety medical students participated in this study. Of the participants, 57.8% were women and 11.1% were married. Findings showed that 84.5% of students agreed to have virtual education courses and 57.7% of students expressed satisfaction with the quality of virtual education. The results also showed that 84.5% of students expressed dissatisfaction with the occurrence of technical and infrastructural problems during online education sections, and 70% of students expressed dissatisfaction with unresponsiveness to their homework activities. There was a statistically significant relationship between satisfaction with virtual education and the gender of students (P <0.05).
Conclusion: A total of 84.5% of students agreed with holding virtual education sections, and more than half were satisfied with the quality of virtual education. Two-thirds of the students were dissatisfied with the occurrence of technical and infrastructural problems during online sections, as well as students' homework and questions on time.