View Points of Faculty Members of Guilan university of Medical Sciences in regard to Electronic Learning

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Atefeh Ghanbari 1 , * , Fariba Asgari 1 , Mahdokhat Taheri 1

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1 Iran

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 8 (2); e59733
Published Online: January 15, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 08, 2017
Accepted: October 18, 2011

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Abstract

Background & Objectives: In the world of information technology, tendency toward using
electronic learning as a novel learning style is increasing. The contribution to electronic learning is
dependent on the knowledge and attitude of faculty members toward this issue. The aim of this
study was to find the knowledge and attitude of faculty members in Guilan University of Medical
Sciences toward electronic learning.
Methods: In this descriptive cross-sectional study by using census sampling all faculty members in
Guilan University of Medical Sciences were studied of whom 220 ones eventually responded to
the questionnaire. Data collection instrument was a questionnaire consisted of 4 sections of
demographic features (5 questions), computer knowledge (6 questions), attitude-testing items (10
questions based on Likert scale) and questions related to the facilities (8 yes/no questions),
Competency (9 questions). Content validity and reliability were determined by α-cronbach. Data
analysis was performed by SPSS 16 software package.
Results: The majority of respondents had sufficient knowledge (68.3%) and positive attitude
(89.4%). From all, 69.5% asserted that they have the required computer skills, but 95% said that
they do not have enough facilities in home and university for using electronic sources.
Conclusion: Positive attitude of faculty members toward electronic learning requires
implementation of continuous education programs for faculty members in order to improve their
knowledge about information technology and up-to-date electronic learning skills.

Keywords

Electronic Learning Medical Education Faculty Members

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