Title: Optimising e-learning in healthcare for nurses

Authors: A-F. Rutkowski, R.W.L. Spanjers

Addresses: Information Systems and Management Department, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. ' Catharina Hospital and Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Abstract: E-learning and virtual classrooms have proven to be efficient ways to discuss, to exchange information and to build shared knowledge amongst distributed participants. The paper presents the evaluation of three multimedia technologies that were developed to support e-learning for nurses (n = 84) working in shift at the hospital. The multimedia tools have been tested using the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). The paper discusses the optimisation of e-learning in healthcare along the choice of four variables: professional culture, technology fit, content of the course and cost. It concludes that with the support of appropriated Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), e-learning improves the quality of education in a cost-effective way.

Keywords: course content; technology fit; e-learning; healthcare technology; ICT; information technology; nurse education; communications; nurses; online learning; multimedia tools; technology acceptance model; professional culture; cost; education quality.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2007.013168

International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2007 Vol.8 No.3/4, pp.354 - 369

Published online: 11 Apr 2007 *

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