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What makes medical students to say “yes” to e-learning?

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Nalinda Silva ,

Dr. Nalinda Silva MBBS, PhD Lecturer, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Sri Jayewardanepura, LK
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Varuni Tennakoon,

MBBS, MPhil Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medical sciences University of Sri Jayewardanepura, LK
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Lecturer, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences,
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Nadeeja Niranjalie Wijayatunga

MBBS Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medical sciences University of Sri Jayewardanepura, LK
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Abstract

Introduction
With exponential expansion of Information Technology, the field of medical education has embraced innovative electronic learning (e-learning) techniques. The objectives of this study were to assess the acceptance of an integrated e-learning activity by first year medical students and to explore the association between the pattern of computer usage and their perception of such an intervention. 
Methods
A study was conducted among first year medical students (n=95) using a pre-tested validated self-administered questionnaire following an interactive e-learning activity which integrated the three basic sciences Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry.
Results
Mean ± (SD) age at first use of a computer was 11.25 (±2.9) years with a range of 4-20 years. Majority in this group (96.8 %) were using a computer before the age of 16 years. All those surveyed had access to a computer where a majority (77.9%) possessed their own computer. A majority of students (97.9%) mentioned that e-learning should supplement their lectures. The likelihood of students agreeing that e-learning should supplement their lectures was 2.3 times more in those who started using a computer before the age of 11 years (95% CI 1.001- 5.449, p= 0.045). 
Conclusions
In this group of first year medical students, positive perception towards an integrated e-learning activity was associated with the use of a computer at an early age.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljbmi.v4i1.5523

Sri Lanka Journal of Bio-Medical Informatics 2013;4(1):7-13

 

How to Cite: Silva, N., Tennakoon, V. & Wijayatunga, N.N., (2013). What makes medical students to say “yes” to e-learning?. Sri Lanka Journal of Bio-Medical Informatics. 4(1), pp.7–13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljbmi.v4i1.5523
Published on 15 Oct 2013.
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