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Computer Literacy and Attitudes towards eLearning among Sri Lankan Medical Students

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Author(s): Y. M. M. M. Yapa | M. M. N. S. Dilan | W. C. D. Karunaratne | C. C. Widisinghe | Roshan Hewapathirana | Indika Karunathilake

Journal: Sri Lanka Journal of Bio-Medical Informatics
ISSN 2012-6077

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 82;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: e-Learning | Computer Usage | Learning Management Systems | Social Media | Internet Access

ABSTRACT
E-learning which is gaining popularity among medical faculties in Sri Lanka requires access to computers and considerable knowledge on information technology. The aim of this study was to assess the computer literacy and attitudes towards e-learning among second year medical students of the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo (n=138) using a self administered, anonymous questionnaire.Results showed that 93.5% of students owned a computer and 95% of them had internet connection. Use of Microsoft Office® applications was high (90%), along with online communication tools (73.5%). Using ICT for educational purposes was low (51.7%). Use of popular Web 2.0 tools such as Facebook (89.1%), Wikipedia (87.6%), and YouTube (74.4%) was high. There was a significant difference between gender in the use of blogs (P
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