A descriptive study exploring student nurses' use of online discussion forums in an undergraduate nursing research unit

Darren Falconer

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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[Truncated abstract] Over recent years, there has been exponential growth of technology in education which has had an impact on teaching and learning. There are now a vast number of online resources, activities and events that are readily available to students. The development of online learning environments such as Learning Management Systems has seen the introduction and on-going use of student discussion forums in education. The aim of this study was to explore student nurses' use of online discussion forums in an undergraduate nursing research unit. The research design for this study was descriptive using mixed methods of data collection. This included an adapted survey (Student Nurses' Online Perceptions of Discussions – SNOPOD) and discussion forum postings to gain different perspectives about the phenomenon of interest. The survey collected both quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data were gathered from closed-ended questions and Likert scale responses. The quantitative data obtained from the questionnaire were also analysed to obtain descriptive statistics. Content analysis of the qualitative data from the questionnaire and online discussion forum postings were also undertaken. Students' familiarity with online discussion forums, access, ease of use of the discussion forums, the factors that affect usability, and student' perceptions of the effect that online discussion forums have on their learning and socialisation were explored.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2013


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