Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 3 - 2020
A Comparative Study of Online and Face-to-Face Learning in Dental Education
Farid Bourzgui1*, Sanaa Alami2 and Samir Diouny3
1Professor and Head of Orthodontics Department, Faculty of Dentistry, University Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
2Professor, Orthodontics Department, Faculty of Dentistry, University Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
3Professor, Department of English Studies, University of Chouaib Doukkali, El Jadida, Morocco
*Corresponding Author: Farid Bourzgui, Professor and Head of Orthodontics Department, Faculty of Dentistry, University Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco.
Received: February 05, 2020; Published: February 28, 2020


Aims: This study assessed students’ perception of blended learning in teaching the Growth and Development course. Another objective was to determine the effectiveness of a blended learning approach compared with a face to face instruction and highlight its impact on the learning experience of second year dental students.

Methods and Procedures: 141 second-year students took part in the study. Data required for this study were collected through a questionnaire. The responses were collected as soon as the students finished completing them. The study was approved by the research ethics committee, and all students gave informed consent. 

Outcomes and Results: Participation rate reached 93%. 79.4% of the students attended lectures regularly. About 77.4% of the students believed that course objectives were reached and 70% of them thought that the course objectives were well-defined. Only 58.8% of the students used the e-learning platform (Moodle), 66.7% had difficulty understanding study materials online; 65.4% thought interactive evaluation was not sufficient. 41.9% of the students thought that online education was an addition to face-to-face provision. In fact, 53.8% of the students believed that teaching could not be totally done online; the teacher could provide more explanations. 

Discussion: The fact that a small number of students used the e-learning platform could be explained by the fact that both formative and interactive evaluations were not enough. Establishing a tutorial system along with a regular use of the e-learning platform and related activities (i.e. forums, chat rooms, etc.) could boost students’ motivation to achieve their desired outcomes.

Keywords:Blended Learning; Face to Face Instruction; Evaluation; Casablanca School of Dentistry; Morocco


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Citation: Farid Bourzgui., et al. “A Comparative Study of Online and Face-to-Face Learning in Dental Education”. EC Dental Science 19.3 (2020): 01-11.

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