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Comparison of Interactive Teaching in Online and Offline Platforms among Dental Undergraduates

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Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai 600077, India
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Department of Periodontology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai 600077, India
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Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai 600077, India
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Conservative Dentistry Unit, School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kota Bharu 16150, Malaysia
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Department of Pharmacology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai 600077, India
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Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Puthisastra, Phnom Penh 12211, Cambodia
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Department of Surgical, Oncological and Stomatological Disciplines, University of Palermo, 90133 Palermo, Italy
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Academic Editors: Paul B. Tchounwou and Kelvin Afrashtehfar
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(6), 3170; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063170
Received: 20 January 2022 / Revised: 2 March 2022 / Accepted: 4 March 2022 / Published: 8 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 in Dentistry and Dental Education)
In recent years, the educational system has focused more on the holistic development of an individual. Modern technology has changed the educational environment to provide students with better academic opportunities. Along with the education system, teaching techniques and learning tools have also changed with digital evolution. This research was undertaken to assess the academic performance of interactive teaching methods in offline and online platforms in Periodontics among BDS undergraduates at a dental college in India. This prospective study was conducted among 49 students: Group I (n = 24, online class through Zoom) and Group II (n = 25, offline classes). The subject was divided into three modules and was covered in one week. The topics covered, teaching methods, lectures, and activities were similar for both groups. A formative assessment mark was obtained from written tests during the module, whereas the summative assessment mark was recorded from exams conducted towards the end of the module. In the results, a statistically significant difference was not observed in terms of formative assessment between Group I (77.88 ± 12.89) and Group II (77.80 ± 16.09) (p = 0.98). In addition, a statistically significant difference was not observed in terms of summative assessment between Group I (80.54 ± 8.39) and Group II (80.28 ± 11.57) (p = 0.93). Overall, this study suggests that interactive teaching methods in both offline and online platforms in Periodontics showed equivalent performance by the undergraduate dental students. View Full-Text
Keywords: dentistry; digital education; education; e-learning; interactive teaching; online teaching dentistry; digital education; education; e-learning; interactive teaching; online teaching
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Veeraiyan, D.N.; Varghese, S.S.; Rajasekar, A.; Karobari, M.I.; Thangavelu, L.; Marya, A.; Messina, P.; Scardina, G.A. Comparison of Interactive Teaching in Online and Offline Platforms among Dental Undergraduates. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 3170. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063170

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Veeraiyan DN, Varghese SS, Rajasekar A, Karobari MI, Thangavelu L, Marya A, Messina P, Scardina GA. Comparison of Interactive Teaching in Online and Offline Platforms among Dental Undergraduates. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(6):3170. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063170

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Veeraiyan, Deepak Nallaswamy, Sheeja S. Varghese, Arvina Rajasekar, Mohmed Isaqali Karobari, Lakshmi Thangavelu, Anand Marya, Pietro Messina, and Giuseppe Alessandro Scardina. 2022. "Comparison of Interactive Teaching in Online and Offline Platforms among Dental Undergraduates" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 6: 3170. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063170

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