Chong, MC and Francis, K and Cooper, S and Abdullah, KL and Hmwe, NTT and Sohod, S, Access to, interest in and attitude toward e-learning for continuous education among Malaysian nurses, Nurse Education Today, 36 pp. 370-374. ISSN 0260-6917 (2016) [Refereed Article]
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Background: Continuous nursing education (CNE) courses delivered through e-learning is believed to be an effective mode of learning for nurses. Implementation of e-learning modules requires pre-assessment of infrastructure and learners’ characteristics. Understanding the learners’ needs and their perspectives would facilitate effective e-learning delivery by addressing the underlying issues and providing necessary support to learners.
Objective: The aim of this study was to examine access to computer and Internet facilities, interest in and preferences regarding e-learning, and attitudes toward e-learning among nurses in Peninsular Malaysia.
Design: The study utilized a cross-sectional descriptive survey.
Setting: Government hospitals and community clinics in four main regions of Peninsular Malaysia.
Participants: A total of 300 registered nurses.
Method: Data were collected using questionnaires, which consisted of demographic and background items and questions on access to computer and Internet facilities, interest and preferences in e-learning, and attitudes toward e-learning. Descriptive analysis and a chi-squared test were used to identify associations between variables.
Results: Most Malaysian nurses had access to a personal or home computer (85.3%, n = 256) and computer access at work (85.3%, n = 256). The majority had Internet access at home (84%, n = 252) and at work (71.8%, n = 215); however, average hours of weekly computer use were low. Most nurses (83%, n = 249) did not have an elearning experience but were interested in e-learning activities. Most nurses displayed positive attitudes toward e-learning. Average weekly computer use and interest in e-learning were positively associated with attitudes toward e-learning.
Conclusion: Study findings suggest that organizational support is needed to promote accessibility of information and communications technology (ICT) facilities for Malaysian nurses to motivate their involvement in e-learning.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Research Group:||Curriculum and pedagogy|
|Research Field:||Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy|
|Objective Group:||Provision of health and support services|
|UTAS Author:||Francis, K (Professor Karen Francis)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||18|
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