Investigation of the relationship between medical students' digital competency levels and their attitudes towards e-learning

Digital competency levels and their attitudes towards e-Learning



As a requirement of our era, digital competence and e-learning have become basic competencies. The importance of these concepts has become clearer in medical education, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic. This period also triggered the transformation in education with technology. This study aimed to examine the relationship between medical students' digital competence levels and their attitudes toward e-learning. Data were collected from 922 medical students who voluntarily participated in the study, using the Students' Basic Digital Competences Scale and the E-Learning Attitude Scale. It was determined that medical students had high levels of digital competence, and their e-learning levels were moderate. The digital content development, information and data literacy, communication, the university's virtual tools and social communication, and the problem-solving sub-dimensions of digital competence are significantly, positively, and moderately related to e-learning. Students' digital competency levels did not differ significantly according to sex and studied term. Men's e-learning attitudes are significantly higher than that of women. The e-learning attitudes of term 1 students are higher than term 4 and 5 students. Medical education is a process open to continuous improvement. This research will contribute to the explanations regarding the transformation after the pandemic concerning the aims of medical education