Medical students' perception of online assessment at a private medical college

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Sundus Iftikhar
Khalid Mahmood Cheema


Introduction: During COVID-19 lockdown, Shalamar Medical College opted for an unproctored online formative assessment. Medical institutes have conducted online assessments before COVID-19 and literature presents contrasting views on its acceptability by teachers and students alike.
Objective: This study aims to determine medical students’ perception of the unproctored online assessments.
Methods: A survey questionnaire was disseminated through Google forms to all MBBS students of SMDC on WhatsApp. Consent to take part in the survey was added to the questionnaire and students consenting to be a part of the survey were requested to fill in the questionnaire. The questionnaire consisted of closed ended as well as open-ended questions. The data was analyzed by IBM SPSS 20.
Results: Network issues are believed to be a major issue in taking online tests (83%) and 45% of the students feel it is more difficult to take an online test. Fifty-eight percent of the students feel it is easy to cheat on online tests. A considerable number of students (P = 0.00) believe that MCQS are more reliable than SEQs.
Conclusion: The results of this study showed that students do not consider online tests as reliable and effective as classroom tests because of network issues, and unconducive environment at home, limited time, and academic dishonesty. However,if they are unavoidable, students would be more receptive to MCQs than SEQs.
KEYWORDS: Reliability, cheating, effectiveness, online assessment


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Iftikhar, S., & Mahmood Cheema, K. (2022). Medical students’ perception of online assessment at a private medical college. Health Professions Educator Journal, 5(2), 15-18.