Electronic textbooks are a relevant technology for higher education to achieve active engagement in the learning process at a lower cost to students. However, as a learning resource, electronic textbooks may not be a suitable learning resource for all students. Academic success in a nursing program requires large amounts of reading and the use of learning resources that maximize acquisition of knowledge and comprehension of nursing concepts. Failure to grasp foundational concepts could result in increased attrition rates and sub-standard licensure exam results for nursing programs and poor patient outcomes for entry-level graduate nurses. Currently there is no nursing education research exploring the learning experiences of nursing students using electronic textbooks. The purpose of this study was to explore the perceived learning experiences of associate degree nursing students using electronic textbooks. A qualitative research design using a descriptive survey and focus groups was used to explore the perceived learning experiences of first semester associate degree nursing students using an electronic textbook. Survey findings revealed that students did not perceive electronic textbooks as a useful learning resource. The students’ perceptions of ease of use were inconclusive. Focus groups reported advantages and disadvantages, adjustments, concerns, and suggestions about using electronic textbooks for learning. Overall, the majority of students preferred a printed textbook for academic learning.
|Commitee:||Herron, Lawanda, Markey, Linda, Roberts, Jaylyn|
|School:||William Carey University|
|Department:||School of Nursing|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Associate degree, Education, Electronic textbooks, Learning, Nursing|
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