Workplace culture and accessibility of the Internet for professional learning
Madeleine Shanahan, RMIT University; PhD student, University of Wollongong, Australia ; Anthony Herrington, University of Wollongong, Australia ; Jan Herrington, Murdoch University, Australia
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The World Wide Web is an important information source for professionals providing immediate access to the most current information and recent research. This study examined accessibility to the Internet within healthcare workplaces by utilising two measures, namely computers with Internet access within the workplace, and practitioners’ reported ease of access to the Internet within their workplace. This study showed there is widespread variation in both computers with Internet access within workplaces and also practitioners’ perception of their ease of access to the Internet within the workplace. This study also identified that limiting Internet access to computers in offices reduced ease of access to the Internet for the majority of practitioners, and in particular the recent graduate. Issues reducing accessibility of the Internet within workplaces must be addressed so that health practitioners can avail themselves of Internet-based resources that support them in updating their professional knowledge.
Shanahan, M., Herrington, A. & Herrington, J. (2009). Workplace culture and accessibility of the Internet for professional learning. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4423-4432). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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