Author : Mohammad Zakeri Ghadi*, Hamed Hosseinzadeh
Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of learning based on virtual education and traditional education on the critical thinking of nursing students. Methodology: The research method was quasi-experimental and two groups design with pre-test and post-test. The subjects consisted of 55 nursing students (2016-2017) from the Islamic Azad University of Babol, 30 of who were selected as the experimental group for learning based on virtual education and 25 as the control group for traditional education. The instrument used in this study was California critical thinking questionnaire and t-test was used to analyze the data. Findings: The findings of this study showed that the tendency to critical thinking was higher in the group that was trained by virtual learning based learning method than the trained group that was trained in the traditional way. Conclusion: The results showed that learning based on virtual education not only affects students academic performance, but also improves their clinical skills in health care centers in the future. Key words: Learning, Virtual Education, Traditional Education.
Dr. Arend L Mapanawang, Sp.PD, FINASIM, PhD