Perceptions of dental students towards online education during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Sarıalioğlu Güngör A., Şeşen Uslu Y., Dönmez N.

European Oral Research, vol.55, no.3, pp.22-30, 2021 (ESCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.26650/eor.2021869185
  • Journal Name: European Oral Research
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.22-30
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: Yes



This study evaluated the usage habits, attitudes, and perceptions of undergraduate

dental students toward distance (online) learning and identified variables related

to those attitudes.

Materials and Methods

The study included 1,605 undergraduate dental students who participated

voluntarily. The data collection tool consisted of a distance learning attitude

scale, a questionnaire on personal information, and open-ended questions. The

perceptions of dental students to distance education according to the year and

type of dental school they attended were evaluated.


Most students expressed that distance learning in dental courses was not as

effective as traditional face-to-face education (59.1%, n=949). While students

studying at state universities had a more negative view of distance education, the

satisfaction scores of the first-year students were found to be significantly lower

than the other students (p < 0.05).


Dental students were generally unhappy with the interruption of traditional

education caused by COVID-19 and having to continue their education online.

However, under the circumstances, they saw it as an advantage allowing them to

continue their education and avoid a complete suspension.

Keywords: COVID-19, survey, distance education, online education, undergraduate