Background: The global popularity of COVID-19 has led China’s universities to conduct online teaching. However, the real feedback from medical teachers and students regarding online education is unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the characteristics and effectiveness of online teaching among teachers and students in Medical School of Tongji University during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods: A prospective survey was conducted to investigate the current status on online education among teachers and students in Medical School of Tongji University.
Results: 1) 488 valid questionnaires were collected from 223 males (45.7%) and 265 females (54.3%), including 394 students (80.7%) and 94 teachers (19.3%). 2) Although students thought that too much learning tasks were assigned in the mode of online teaching, most of teachers and students endorse this teaching mode. 3) Male students had better performance than female students in online class. 4) Compared with male teachers, female teachers had less experience on online educational course recording and teaching training. They had more difficulty in adapting to online education. There was no significant difference in the acceptance of online teaching among teachers in different age groups
Conclusions: 1) Most teachers and students supported and satisfied with the implement of online education during the epidemic pandemic. Although teachers were less adaptable to online education than students, they still had the positive opinions. 2) Gender influenced the acceptance of online teaching. Male teachers and students showed better adaptability than female counterpart. 3) Though online teaching had advantages, it still cannot completely replace traditional offline teaching.