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Access to, interest in and attitude toward e-learning for continuous education among Malaysian nurses


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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Copyright 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2015.09.011


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Francis, K (Professor Karen Francis)
ID Code:132323
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2019-05-03
Last Modified:2019-06-20

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