Educational environment perception and cognitive load among physical therapy students during e-learning

Authors

  • Zahid Mehmood Department of Physical Therapy , Faculty of Allied Health Sciences , University of Sialkot , Sailkot Pakistan
  • Zubair Ahmad Department of Physical Therapy , Faculty of Allied Health Sciences , University of Sialkot , Sailkot Pakistan
  • Asad Ullah Wazirabad Physiotherapy Center Pakistan
  • Anam Aftab Faculty of Allied health sciences,University of Sialkot, Sialkot Pakistan
  • Junaid Akram Superior University, Lahore Pakistan
  • Abdul Wahab University of Sialkot, Sialkot Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52567/trj.v7i02.224

Keywords:

cognition, cognitive load, e-learning, mental effort, physiotherapist.

Abstract

Background: Understanding students' perception of the educational environment and their cognitive load in this context is crucial for optimizing the effectiveness of e-learning platforms.

Objective: To compare educational environment perception and cognitive load in under-graduates Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and post-graduate Master in Science of Physical Therapy (MSPT) students having online learning experiences.

Methodology: In this comparative cross-sectional study, data was collected through non-probability convenient sampling from n=274 under-graduates DPT (n=225) and post-graduates MSPT(n=49) students of either gender having one-semester experience of online learning, Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) for measuring educational environmental perception and Rating Scale of Mental Effort (RSME) for measurement of cognitive load. Online self-structured was developed questionnaire and shared through communication media platform and data analysis was made through SPSS version 28.

Results: There were n=225 under-graduates (DPT) and n=49 post-graduates (MSPT) students in which, there were n=208 females and n=66 males.  The overall DREEM score showed that MSPT students are more significantly positive (p<0.001, Cohen’s d=1.01) than DPT students regarding the perception of the educational environment with a large effect size. While there was no significant difference (p=0.114) between MSP and DPT students regarding cognitive load.

Conclusion: Post-graduates (MSPT) students have better educational environmental perception than undergraduate (DPT) students but there was no significant difference in cognitive load in undergraduate (DPT) and post-graduates (MSPT) students.

Keywords: cognition; cognitive load; mental effort; e-learning; physiotherapist.

Author Biographies

Zahid Mehmood, Department of Physical Therapy , Faculty of Allied Health Sciences , University of Sialkot , Sailkot Pakistan

Lecturer/Research Convener

Zubair Ahmad, Department of Physical Therapy , Faculty of Allied Health Sciences , University of Sialkot , Sailkot Pakistan

Lecturer

Asad Ullah, Wazirabad Physiotherapy Center Pakistan

Consultant PT

Anam Aftab, Faculty of Allied health sciences,University of Sialkot, Sialkot Pakistan

Associate Professor / Associate Dean

Junaid Akram, Superior University, Lahore Pakistan

Assistant Professor

Abdul Wahab , University of Sialkot, Sialkot Pakistan

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Published

2023-06-30

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