Evaluating the Qualities of Virtual Websites of the Medical Science Universities

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Ali madaninezhad 1 , * , Ida Farhadi 1 , Tahereh Khanjani 1 , Marjan Amirimoghadam 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: madaninezhad A, Farhadi I , Khanjani T , Amirimoghadam M . Evaluating the Qualities of Virtual Websites of the Medical Science Universities, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2012 ; 9(2):e60688.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 9 (2); e60688
Published Online: January 15, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 22, 2017
Accepted: October 24, 2012

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Current approach to the education is open learning. Universities in line
with the new technologies tend to provide distance and semi-distance education and they are engaged
in e-learning through setting up websites. Analyzing the existing data in intended websites can be
beneficial in improving distance education and e-learning. The aim of this study was to evaluate the
qualities of virtual websites of medical science universities in the world.
Methods: In this descriptive qualitative and quantitative study, 40 web sites of medical science
universities were evaluated through website quality evaluating tools (Cronbach's alpha = 0.95).
Results: “Specific purpose for data range” and “audiences and websites goal” were in excellent
conditions. Also, “ease of searching”, “graphic”, “updating”, “internal links”, writer’s academic
background”, “stability of the structure”, and “speed of website loading” were in good conditions.
Conclusion: The findings of this study can be used by medical science university website managers
to improve the quality of the related websites.

Keywords

Evaluation Website Virtual university WQET Medical science Iran

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