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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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First Advisor

Jeungok Choi

Second Advisor

Cynthia Jacelon

Third Advisor

Yeon Sik Noh

Subject Categories

Other Nursing


Currently, the clinical evaluation of nursing students is performed using paper-format questionnaires. However, paper-based student evaluation is less reliable and tedious and lack back-up. Ubiquitous mobile technology has changed the ways nursing students are taught and evaluated. The study develops a handheld device application called the Tablet-Based Clinical Evaluation Tool (TabCET) for use in nursing student evaluation in clinical settings and explores the application’s usability. The study’s conceptual framework is the Extended Technology Acceptance Model (TAM 2) (Davis, 1989). Fifteen clinical nursing instructors are recruited from the Oman College of Health Sciences to participate in the study, using a purposive sampling approach. The needs analysis method is applied to evaluate the specific requirements that the clinical instructors wish to be incorporated in the TabCET application. The heuristic evaluation approach is also employed to obtain expert opinions on the effectiveness of the TabCET prototype as well as identify the additional issues that should be incorporated in the TabCET application. The usability focus group approach is implemented to obtain the views of the clinical instructors on the ease of use of the TabCET application. Finally, usability testing (phase


I and II) is also applied to assess the clinical instructors’ perceptions on the ease of use and usefulness, attitude toward use, and behavioral intention to use the TabCET application. The findings of the study demonstrate that clinical instructors hold positive perceptions about the usefulness and ease of use of the TabCET application. The results of the TAM 2 survey indicate that the mean perceived usefulness (PU) is 4.78, while the mean perceived ease of use (PEOU) is 4.50. In addition, the study reveals that majority of the clinical instructors hold a positive attitude toward the TabCET application due to its ease of use and greater perceived usefulness (mean attitude towards use (ATU) = 4.55; mean behavioral intention to use TabCET = 4.75). The findings of the study will contribute to the body of nursing knowledge on how the TabCET can be used to reform and improve clinical evaluation.


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