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Son TM, Hang LT, Hung VQ, Hung DT, Hoan NQ, Ngoc VT. Effect OF Learning Methods IN Northern Vietnam's Dental Educational Institutions during COVID-19 Pandemic. World J Dent 2023; 14 (10):831-837.
Aim: This study aimed to assess the status of learning methods, knowledge, and awareness about online learning, the need for learning methods during the pandemic as well as the impact of the pandemic on the learning of clinical skills of dental students at dental educational institutions in the North of Vietnam. Materials and methods: A 23-online-questionnaire survey was sent to 935 dental students. Response data were recorded, coded, and analyzed using tests [Chi-square and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA)] in statistical software, and a p-value of <0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: The response rate was 95.8% (n = 896). A total of 96.5% reported that their school offered online classes, of which 72.2% were live-only classes with instructors, and 27.6% were a combination of the one and by prerecorded video. Regarding learning needs, 49.4% reported that they prefer face-to-face learning methods (n = 443), while 44.1% preferred a combination of both face-to-face and online methods (n = 395). Around 96.3% believed that the pandemic had affected the learning of clinical skills. Around 53% wanted to be taught clinical skills in a face-to-face manner equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE), while 35.8% wanted to be taught online. Conclusion: The ”offline learning” method was still the first choice for dental students. In addition, the impact of the pandemic on learning methods, especially in clinical practice, was enormous. Online learning is increasingly chosen by young people, and blended learning will be a trend of the present and the future, especially during the pandemic. Clinical significance: A reference for dental educational planners to improve the experience of teachers and students in the learning methods.
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