How Prepared are Malaysian Nurses for Online Distance Learning?

Zoraini Wati Abas, and Nafsiah, Shamsuddin and Phua, Kai-Lit (2003) How Prepared are Malaysian Nurses for Online Distance Learning? Informing Science. pp. 1-12.

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Malaysia is moving towards a developed country status and it is imperative that the healthcare provided be at a higher standard than it is today. As members of the healthcare team, nurses play an essential role in the provision of healthcare. As such it is timely th at nurses’ education be upgraded. As most of them only have a certificate or diploma in nur sing, one way to upgrade the nurses is by providing opportuni- ties for a baccalaureate degree. However, due to the shortage of nurses, nurses find it a challenge to en- roll in a full- time on-campus programme. One way to help nurses meet the challenge is by providing an online distance learning programme to Malaysian nurses. And, to ensure the success of the online dis- tance learning programme, it was realized that the nursing students need to be adequately prepared for an online learning environment. How much preparation will be determined, among other things, by their prior experience and skill in using technology as well as by their belief and attitude towards online distance learning. A survey was conducted on a cohort group of students during a face-to-face pre- course orientation, that is, prior to the start of the online program. The findings of the survey are pre- sented and discussed in the paper and implications for the future are highlighted. (Authors' abstract)

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Distance learning, Online, Nursing, Perception, Orientation
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5800 Distance education
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2011 03:01
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2014 10:36

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