Perceptions of the use of technology in a blended learning occupational health nursing programme in Durban, South Africa
Orton, Penelope Margaret
Nokes, Kathleen M.
Scott, P. J.
Hickey, D. E.
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Blended learning refers to an educational strategy that combines face-to-face classroom instruction with on-line learning. This teaching strategy was introduced into an occupational health nursing (OHN) programme at the Durban University of Technology in 2011. Because computer literacy might be a challenge for mature nursing students, a programme evaluation using a mixed method design was conducted to assess perceptions of the blended learning programme. Both quantitative data from cohorts of ﬁ rst and second year OHN students and qualitative data from all of the lecturers teaching in the programme were collected. Computer anxiety was signiﬁ -cantly higher for ﬁ rst-year students compared to second-year students (p< 0.001). Lecturers also indicated barri-ers to using on-line technology for teaching. Interventions need to be developed to decrease computer anxiety.
Orton, P.M. et al. 2015. Perceptions of the use of technology in a blended learning occupational health nursing programme in Durban, South Africa. Occupational Health South Africa. 2(3): 7-14.