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

Mei Chan Chong, Karen Francis, Simon Cooper, Khatijah Lim Abdullah, Nant Thin Thin Hmwe, Salina Sohod

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Abstract

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 e-learning 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-374
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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