USE OF INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY BY MEDICAL AND DENTAL STUDENTS: A STUDY
The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) usage and ICT literacy on the academic performance of the students along with determining the extent and nature of use of social media by medical and dental students of Fatima Memorial Medical and Dental College
A cross-sectional survey was carried out to investigate the capability and attitude of medical and dental students towards computers, using a questionnaire.
The students who spent more time using ICT for study purposes were spending lesser time using ICT for entertainment purposes. Females of both MBBS and BDS programs rated their ICT literacy lesser than males. High achievers rated themselves as having least ICT literacy skills. The participants identified several barriers in use of internet for education. Lack of time and lack of browsing skills were most cited barriers. Students found ICT usage helpful in the understanding of complex concepts and inter class communication.
ICT usage for study purpose had a positive impact on academic outcomes