RESEARCH ARTICLE: A cross-sectional study on Bangladeshi students regarding physiological challenges of online education




Bangladesh, COVID-19, Online Education, Online Survey, Physiological Challenges


Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic halted educational institutions all over the world which forced a shift to online classes, a new experience for Bangladeshi students which increased their screen time.

Objective: This study aimed at discerning the physiological challenges accompanied by the online education system and the compatibility of Bangladeshi students considering health and socio-demographic factors.

Methods: A cross-sectional pilot study was performed based upon an online survey on students (n = 590) during September 1st to 14th of 2020.

Results: Interestingly, an inevitable consequence of online education was several physiological problems. It was found that 93.9% of the participants faced some kind of physiological challenges, e.g., headaches, fatigue, eye and ear problems, from online classes. The majority of the participants (57.5%) could not concentrate for one hour or more in online classes.

Conclusion: Along with transitioning towards online education, innovative teaching methods would be helpful for the students to adapt to the ‘new normal’.

Author Biographies

Saimon Shahriar, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy

Fahima Jannat Koly, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy


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Shahriar, S., & Koly, F. J. (2021). RESEARCH ARTICLE: A cross-sectional study on Bangladeshi students regarding physiological challenges of online education. Pharmacy Education, 21, p. 267–275.



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