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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Dental Education: An Online Survey of Students’ Perceptions and Attitudes

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Department of Periodontology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Department of Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Private Dental Practice, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Academic Editor: Hans S. Malmstrom
Received: 31 July 2021 / Revised: 30 August 2021 / Accepted: 28 September 2021 / Published: 9 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dental Education)
Purpose: Dental education institutions worldwide experienced disruptive changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with a rapid switch to the online learning format. Thus, this study aimed to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dental education and evaluates the perceptions and attitudes of students towards the introduction of online learning in the School of Dental Medicine in Zagreb, Croatia. Methods: A survey was conducted on a population of undergraduate students. It was comprised of perceptions and attitudes of students on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their psychoemotional status, changes introduced in the educational system, and online learning in particular. Results: Of the 352 students that completed the survey, 66.2% of students reported being psychoemotionally affected by the lockdown. The most significant impact of the switch from in-person to online learning was observed in terms of missing contact with lecturers (60.3%) and peers (90.3%) and loss of practical courses, regarding which 65% of students agreed that they could not be compensated. While only 36.1% reported that online teaching fully met their expectations, the majority of the students (61.9%) agreed that online lectures were as valuable as in-person lectures and that the theoretical courses could be carried out online in the future as well (69.9%). Conclusions: Students reported relative satisfaction with changes in the learning format and a positive attitude towards online learning; however, several challenges and obstacles were identified. View Full-Text
Keywords: dental education; dental students; online learning; COVID-19; surveys and questionnaires dental education; dental students; online learning; COVID-19; surveys and questionnaires
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Badovinac, A.; Par, M.; Plančak, L.; Balić, M.D.; Vražić, D.; Božić, D.; Musić, L. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Dental Education: An Online Survey of Students’ Perceptions and Attitudes. Dent. J. 2021, 9, 116. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9100116

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Badovinac A, Par M, Plančak L, Balić MD, Vražić D, Božić D, Musić L. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Dental Education: An Online Survey of Students’ Perceptions and Attitudes. Dentistry Journal. 2021; 9(10):116. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9100116

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Badovinac, Ana, Matej Par, Laura Plančak, Marcela D. Balić, Domagoj Vražić, Darko Božić, and Larisa Musić. 2021. "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Dental Education: An Online Survey of Students’ Perceptions and Attitudes" Dentistry Journal 9, no. 10: 116. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9100116

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