Attitude of nursing students towards e- learning

Naila Ali, Brekhna Jamil, Ahsan Sethi, Saima Ali


BACKGROUND: Nursing education has been using computers and internet related technology for research purposes since long but now, with advent of simulations, technology has become an essential element of basic professional training and continued professional development. Student management systems helps in handling inquiries, admissions and enrolling new students, managing students’ assessments, maintaining records of attendance and handling the award of credit points or exit certificates. However, adopting a system without prior preparation can bring out frustrations. The dissatisfaction may be caused due to lack of awareness of the benefits, stress of using technology or budget issues for proper implementation. Such issues become more pronounced for developing countries having limitation of economical and technical expertise as compared to developed countries.

AIM: The aim of this study is to determine the attitude of nursing students towards e-learning.

METHODS: A quantitative, cross sectional study was carried out. One hundred and twenty nursing students participated in study. After informed consent, a closed ended, pre-validated, questionnaire with 5 point likert scale was filled and returned by all the participants. The data was analyzed by SPSS 20.

RESULTS: Of the total 120 students, 86% were females. The mean scores for perceived usefulness, intention to adopt, ease of learning and pressure to use e learning were 3.68,3.74,3.64 and 3.69 which are significantly more than the mean scores for technical support and e learning stressor i.e. 3.25, 3.05.

CONCLUSION: Our study shows that the nursing students are ready to adopt e-learning and recognize its uses in education but they consider the difficulties with technical support and stress of using technology as a hindrance.

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