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The European computer driving licence and the use of computers by dental students

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Published in European Journal of Dental Education. 2009, vol. 13, no. 1, p. 66-67
Abstract The use of computers within the dental curriculum for students is vital for many aspects of their studies. The aim of this study was to assess how dental students who had obtained the European computer driving licence (ECDL) qualification (an internationally-recognised standard of competence) through taught courses, felt about the qualification, and how it changed their habits vis-a-vis computers, and information and communication technology. This study was carried out as a descriptive, one-off, cross-sectional survey. A questionnaire was distributed to 100 students who had successfully completed the course, with questions pertaining to the use of email, word processing and Internet for course-works, Medline for research, computer based learning, online lecture notes, and online communication with members of staff, both before and after ECDL qualification. Scaled responses were given. The attitudes of students towards the course were also assessed. The frequencies and percentage distributions of the responses to each question were analysed. It was found that dental students who follow ECDL teaching and successfully complete its requirements, seem to increase the frequency with which they use email, word processing and Internet for course works, Medline for research purposes, computer based learning, online lecture notes, and online communication with staff. Opinions about the ECDL course varied, many dental students finding the course easy, enjoying it only a little, but admitting that it improved their computer skills.
Keywords Attitude to ComputersCommunication*Computer LiteracyComputer-Assisted InstructionCross-Sectional StudiesEducation, DentalElectronic MailEuropeFaculty, DentalHumansInformatics/educationInformation Science/educationInternetMedlineOnline SystemsQuestionnaires*Students, DentalWord Processing
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ANTONARAKIS, Gregory. The European computer driving licence and the use of computers by dental students. In: European Journal of Dental Education, 2009, vol. 13, n° 1, p. 66-67. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:19640

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