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Student Attitudes towards Computer Assisted Learning: Scaling–up Medical Education in a Poor Setting

International Journal of Computer Applications
© 2012 by IJCA Journal
Volume 50 - Number 22
Year of Publication: 2012
Jerome Addah

Jerome Addah. Article: Student Attitudes towards Computer Assisted Learning: Scaling-up Medical Education in a Poor Setting. International Journal of Computer Applications 50(22):35-40, July 2012. Full text available. BibTeX

	author = {Jerome Addah},
	title = {Article: Student Attitudes towards Computer Assisted Learning: Scaling-up Medical Education in a Poor Setting},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2012},
	volume = {50},
	number = {22},
	pages = {35-40},
	month = {July},
	note = {Full text available}


The economic, infrastructural, and manpower challenges peculiar to poor settings pose daunting obstacles to quality medical education and healthcare delivery in those settings. The purpose of the current study therefore was to determine from the perspective of students how to effectively incorporate information communication technology (ICT) in to the medical curriculum to help improve tuition and scale – up training in a Ghanaian Medical School, and concluded that blended instructional models may be more suitable.


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