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      Shifting the Education Paradigm amid the COVID 19 Pandemic: Nursing Students’ Attitude to E Learning

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      Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery
      UNISA Press

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          The unprecedented emergence of COVID-19 has disrupted education and has led to the rise of e-learning. The shift from the traditional delivery of instruction to online learning brings about varying perceptions that necessitates attention and exploration. This study examined nursing students’ attitudes towards e-learning in two selected nursing schools in the Philippines. This study used a descriptive cross-sectional design with 111 nursing students in a public and a private nursing school as study participants. The data were collected via an online survey tool and were analysed using the Mann-Whitney U test and the Kruskal-Wallis H test. The results indicated that most nursing students had intermediate computer competency (74.8%) and somewhat stable internet connection (66.7%). They generally had negative (40.5%) and ambivalent attitudes (30.6%) towards e-learning. The nursing students considered e-learning to be impersonal and to lack feeling (80.18%) and that it results in less student–teacher interaction (75.66%). There were no significant differences (p > .05) in the e-learning attitude according to the type of school, gender, ownership of a computer, level of computer competency, stability connection and internet usage. Although not statistically significant, those students with stable internet connections appear to have a better attitude towards e-learning. Ambivalence and negative attitudes seem to dominate nursing students’ attitudes towards e-learning in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing schools must rectify the negative attitudes of students towards e-learning and must take measures to improve students’ experiences in the virtual learning environment to ensure that effective learning is never compromised amid the health crisis.

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          Journal
          Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery
          AJNM
          UNISA Press
          2520-5293
          1682-5055
          March 25 2021
          May 07 2021
          : 23
          : 1
          Article
          10.25159/2520-5293/8090
          03d11be4-e154-47b8-bc98-955d47e3d69c
          © 2021

          https://upjournals.co.za/index.php/AJNM/Copyright


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