Comparison of Online Assessment with Traditional Assessment of Ophthalmology Students: Experience from Public Sector Medical College in Pakistan

Doi: 10.36351/pjo.v37i4.1330

Authors

  • Muhammad Hammad Ayub Department of Ophthalmology, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Jinnah Hospital, Lahore
  • Muhammad Hassaan Ali Department of Ophthalmology, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Jinnah Hospital, Lahore
  • Uzma Hamza Department of Ophthalmology, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Jinnah Hospital, Lahore
  • Kashif Jahangir Department of Ophthalmology, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Jinnah Hospital, Lahore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36351/pjo.v37i4.1330

Keywords:

Ophthalmology, COVID-19 Pandemic. Medical education.

Abstract

Purpose:  To perform online assessment of undergraduate ophthalmology students and compare the online examination results with conventional in-person examination during COVID-19 pandemic.

Study Design:  Comparative, cross-sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study:  Department of Ophthalmology, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan. From October 2019 to December 2020.

Methods:  We used online Google Assessment Forms to administer the online ophthalmology send-up examination to 4th-year MBBS students. The exam consisted of 50 test items with varying difficulty levels and pictures were incorporated into them. The examination results were compared with the conventional face-to-face send-up ophthalmology examination conducted a year ago, which consisted of 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

Results:  There were 50 questions in the online examination with categorization into C1:C2:C3 levels of cognition. A total of 336 students submitted their responses for online assessment with a mean score of 36.28 out of 50 marks (73.0%) (Range: 7 – 45 marks). C1, C2, and C3 questions were correctly answered by 95.3%, 45.1%, and 11.0% of the students, respectively. The conventional examination was taken by 326 students and consisted of 50 MCQs with C1:C2:C3 questions. The online exam yielded more mean scores than the in-person exam (73.0% versus 56.0%, p-value: 0.001). The rate of failure with scores less than 50% marks was significantly higher in students appearing in conventional exam versus online exam (16.6% versus 1.5% respectively, p-value: 0.0412).

Conclusion:  Online assessment of undergraduate ophthalmology students is a possible alternative to the conventional examinations during this pandemic.

Key Words:  Ophthalmology, COVID-19 Pandemic. Medical education.

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Published

23-09-2021

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Ayub MH, Ali MH, Hamza U, Jahangir K. Comparison of Online Assessment with Traditional Assessment of Ophthalmology Students: Experience from Public Sector Medical College in Pakistan: Doi: 10.36351/pjo.v37i4.1330. pak J Ophthalmol [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 23 [cited 2021 Dec. 3];37(4). Available from: https://www.pjo.org.pk/index.php/pjo/article/view/1330

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