MSc, PhD Candidate in Medical Education, Department of Medical Education, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran AND Faculty Member, Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
Background: One of the popular methods of evaluation of an educational system is assessing the opinion of students as the main stakeholders in education. This study aimed to evaluate the professors’ online teaching performance during COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of nursing students.
Materials and Methods: The present cross-sectional study was performed at the Islamic Azad University of Tehran Branch, Iran, in 2021. Simple random sampling was used to select nursing students. Data collection was carried out using baseline characteristics and the valid 12-item questionnaire. Nursing students were asked to rate the items based on a five-point Likert scale. Data were analyzed using SPSS software version 16.0.
Results: A total of 900 undergraduate nursing students participated in the study. The highest level of students' satisfaction was related to the up-to-date knowledge and sufficient educational expertise of the professors (84.3%), the professors’ sufficient familiarity with and ability to use the educational software effectively (83.3%), and their clear and organized presentation of the content in a clear and organized manner (81.5%), respectively. The t-test showed a statistically significant relationship between gender and the opinion about the professors’ performance. The ANOVA test showed a significant relationship between students' opinion about the professors’ performance and the year of study, so that students expressed a higher satisfaction level. The ANOVA test also showed a significant relationship between students' opinion about the professors’ performance and the number of semesters in which students were present in person (face to face) or online (P <0.05).
Conclusion: Nursing students were highly satisfied with their professors’ online teaching performance during COVID-19 pandemic, and demanded timely feedback, utilization of various educational methods, and the availability of professors in the shortest possible time.