Investigating the Digital Literacy Needs of Healthcare Students: Using Mobile Tablet Devices for the Assessment of Student-Nurse Competency in Clinical Practice

  • George EvangelinosEmail author
  • Debbie Holley
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 160)


This case study investigates the digital attitudes, skills and development needs of nursing students when using mobile tablet devices to assess student-nurse competencies in clinical practice. Participants have been asked to complete a bespoke skills-based digital competence self-assessment questionnaire based on the EU DIGCOMP framework; this enabled a baseline for both individual and group. The individual characteristics of students were further explored through comments and their reflective diaries results show a complex, highly-individual profile for each student while the group exhibits common characteristics. Further work is proposed to investigate intricacies on how students perceive and use technologies in education and daily lives.


Digital competence Digital literacy EU DIGCOMP framework Mobile devices Competency assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health Social Care and EducationAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK

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