Objectives: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic disrupted classroom-based learning, necessitating the adoption of online learning in most universities. However, there has been a lack of information on university students' perspectives regarding online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study assessed the perspectives, satisfaction, and experiences with online and classroom learning among human health students at the University of Zambia. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 737 students at the University of Zambia from October 2022 to April 2023. Data were analysed using Stata version 16.1. Results: Of the 737 participants, 51.6% were female and 56.5% agreed that blended learning should continue even after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, 78.4% of the students believed that group discussions were more suitable in the classroom than online learning. Most students (67.1%) disagreed that they preferred online learning to classroom learning. Further, 77.6% of the students disagreed that online learning gave more satisfaction than classroom learning. Conclusions: This study found that most students recommended the continuation of blended learning after the pandemic. However, they believed that follow-up tutorials and assessments were better undertaken in physical classrooms than online learning. These findings are important in sensitising stakeholders in the education sector and governments to consider blended learning as a teaching strategy in the future. There is a need to develop and implement curricula that offer blended learning to students as well as ensure the students have the necessary facilities and equipment to support such learning.

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Mudenda, S., Daka, V., Mufwambi, W., Matafwali, S., Chabalenge, B., Skosana, P., Mfune, R., Kasanga, M., Okonji, O., Mayoka, G., Kampamba, M., Hikaambo, C., Mukosha, M., Kanaan, M., Zikalala-Mabope, L., Sinkamba, G., Okoro, R., Chulu, M., Godman, B. & Fadare, J. 2023, 'Student’s perspectives, satisfaction and experiences with online and classroom learning during the COVID-19 pandemic: findings and implications on blended learning', Sage Open Medicine, 11. https://doi.org/10.1177/20503121231218904

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