The Impact of Online Teaching and Learning by Nursing and Midwifery Students: A Case Study of Garden City University College, Kenyase-Kumasi
Context: The emergence and fast growth of the internet, as well as the proliferation of information and communication technology (ICT) facilities, have empowered academic institutions across the globe to adopt e-learning and teaching.
Focus: The study sought to assess the impact of online teaching and learning by nursing and midwifery students at Garden City University College.
Materials and methods: The target population for this study consisted of all nursing and midwifery students of the Garden City University College. A convenient sampling technique was used to select 305 students for the conduct of the study. The structured questionnaires involving close and open-ended questions were employed to collect the data. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS, Version 22) was employed for data coding, capture and analysis owing to its ease of use. The outcome of the analysis was presented in frequency distribution tables, percentages and charts.
Results: Students’ perception concerning difficulties and frustrations of e-learning revealed that out of 305 respondents, 129 (42.3%) strongly agreed that they faced difficulties and frustrations when using e-learning, while 61 (20%) disagreed and only 35 (11.5%) of the respondents indicated that they neither disagreed nor agreed to the statement. Moreover, 109 (35.7%) students preferred never to have some courses online rather than face-to-face learning, followed by 103 (33.8%) respondents who admitted that they sometimes preferred online learning to face-to face, only 57 (18.7%) responded rarely. Furthermore, lecturers' inability to send online courses on time affects students' performance. It was evident from the study that majority of the respondents found it difficult to download online courses owing to poor internet connectivity.
The study found out that majority of the students have positive perceptions and attitudes towards e-learning. Finally, e-learning and teaching in an institution of higher learning should be embraced by all stakeholders, lecturers, students, and the entire university community.
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