JICDRO is a UGC approved journal (Journal no. 63927)
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 82-84

Computers and internet in dental education system of Kerala, South India: A multicentre study

1 Department of Periodontics, Govt. Dental College, Medical College Campus, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
2 Department of Periodontics, KMCT Dental College, Manassery, Mukkom, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
3 Department of Periodontics, Sree Anjaneya Institute of Dental Sciences, Modakallur, Atholi, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
4 Department of Public Health Dentisrty, Government Dental College, Gandhinagar, Kottayam, Kerala, India
5 Department of Periodontics, Govt. Dental College, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kanakath Harikumar
Associate Professor, Department of Periodontics, Government Dental College, Medical College Campus, Kozhikode, 673 008, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0754.153507

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Computers and internet have exerted a tremendous effect on dental education programs all over the world. A multicenter study was done to assess trends in computer and internet usage among the dental students and faculty members across the South Indian state, Kerala. A total of 347 subjects participated in the study. All participants were highly competent with the use of computers and internet. 72.3% of the study subjects preferred hard copy textbooks to PDF format books. 81.3% of the study subjects thought that internet was a useful adjunct to dental education. 73.8% of the study subjects opined that computers and internet could never be a replacement to conventional classroom teaching. Efforts should be made to provide greater infrastructure with regard to computers and internet such as Wi-Fi, free, unlimited internet access to all students and faculty members.

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