Effects of a Web-based teaching method on undergraduate nursing students' learning of electrocardiography

Keum S Jang, Seon Y Hwang, Soon J Park, Yoon M Kim, Mi J Kim
Journal of Nursing Education 2005, 44 (1): 35-9
This study examined the effects of a Web-based teaching method (versus a traditional lecture method) on undergraduate nursing students' learning of electrocardiography (ECG). The Web-based learning program was developed by the authors and implemented for 4 weeks. The study used a pretest-posttest experimental design. A total of 105 senior nursing students were recruited at a university in Korea. Fifty-four students were assigned to an experimental group in 2002, and 51 were assigned to a control group in 2003. Knowledge about ECG among students in the Web-based group was significantly lower than that of students in the control group (p < .01). Conversely, the ability to interpret ECG recordings was significantly higher among students in the Web-based group (p < .05). No significant differences were found between the two groups in level of motivation or satisfaction with learning. The self-directed, Web-based ECG learning program appears to be effective in helping nursing students to interpret ECG recordings.

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