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“Perceptions and Satisfaction with Online Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic among Nursing Students at Rusangu University”, Kitwe, Lusaka and Monze Districts of Zambia.

Author(s) Mweemba.S.Major, Majorie Kabinga Makukula
Country Zambia
During the COVID-19 pandemic, online learning became a substitute for conventional learning methods, leading to new challenges for both students and faculty.The study aimed at assessing the Perception and Satisfaction of nursing students with online learning at Rusangu University and factors associated with students' perception and satisfaction with online learning.
Methods: The research design adopted for this study was a quantitative analytical cross-sectional study design. The sample was 292 Bachelor of Science in Nursing students comprising pre-service and in-service students who participated in online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. The students were selected using a stratified proportional simple random sampling technique, encompassing full-time and Block Release Learning nursing students who participated in both online and face-to-face learning at Rusangu University's campuses in Kitwe, Lusaka, and Monze Districts of Zambia. Data was collected through a self-administered questionnaire with validated subscales. Data was entered in SPSS to analyze the data, descriptive statistics were presented using pie charts, bar charts, frequency tables, Chi square and Fishers exact tests were used to test association between variables and a multivariate logistic regression model (95% confidence interval) were employed for data analysis.
Results: Out of the 292 respondents, 61% had a positive perception, while 39% had a negative perception towards online learning. Regarding satisfaction, 49% expressed satisfaction, and 51% were dissatisfied with online learning during the pandemic. Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that poor computer efficacy p-value 0.0001, instructor's knowledge p-value 0.001, course management p-value -0.0001, and technological characteristics p- value 0.001 were associated with reduced odds of positive satisfaction with online learning. Students in block release learning had higher odds of good perception, while poor computer efficacy, instructor's knowledge, course management, and technological characteristics were associated with lower odds of good perception towards online learning.
Conclusion and recommendations: Overall, these findings highlight the importance of addressing various factors to enhance students' satisfaction and perception of online learning during the pandemic. To improve the online learning program, the university should redesign course structures, provide orientation on online platforms, invest in technology and internet access, and enhance students' computer self-efficacy. Offering blended learning courses can ease the transition to online learning.
Keywords E-Learning, Perception, Satisfaction, Self-efficacy, course coordination, technological characteristics.
Field Sociology > Health
Published In Volume 6, Issue 2, March-April 2024
Published On 2024-04-30
Cite This “Perceptions and Satisfaction with Online Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic among Nursing Students at Rusangu University”, Kitwe, Lusaka and Monze Districts of Zambia. - Mweemba.S.Major, Majorie Kabinga Makukula - IJFMR Volume 6, Issue 2, March-April 2024. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i02.18908
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