Background: Web‐based e‐learning methods are increasingly used in higher education to support learning in pre‐ and post‐registration healthcare subjects. Although new technologies are central to teaching and learning strategies, e‐learning is not currently accepted universally by academic staff.
Aim: The aim of the study was to determine the attitudes towards and use of e‐learning among academic staff in nursing and midwifery.
Methods: A questionnaire survey was completed by 102 teaching staff to determine their opinions towards and use of e‐learning in teaching.
Results: Staff opinions were divergent with most acknowledging the benefits of e‐learning but many also expressing concerns over barriers such as lack of time, resources or technical support. Staff did not fully utilize the range of technologies available.
Conclusion: Most staff exhibited positive attitudes towards the pedagogical value of technology in teaching and learning, though some remained hesitant or lacking in confidence to embark on e‐learning teaching developments or delivery. Barriers exist that may be partially addressed through better understanding of e‐learning tools and their potential application, and additional support and resources. E‐learning strategies need to focus on improving staff awareness of e‐learning methods to supplement rather than replace traditional teaching methods, while providing ongoing support and mentoring for development and delivery, technological training and incentives for staff involvement.
Blake, H. (2009). Staff perceptions of e-learning for teaching delivery in healthcare. Learning in Health and Social Care, 8(3), (223-234). doi:10.1111/j.1473-6861.2009.00213.x. ISSN 1473-6853