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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 288-295

Acceptability, appropriateness and feasibility of webinar in strengthening research capacity in COVID-19 era in Nigeria

1 Department of Nursing Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
3 Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
4 Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
5 Department of Community Health, Ile-Ife, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
6 Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
7 Department of Community Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
8 Department of Child Dental Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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Olayinka Donald Otuyemi
Department of Child Dental Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
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DOI: 10.4103/npmj.npmj_167_22

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Introduction: The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have necessitated the increasing use of online virtual training platforms. The objectives of the study were to assess the acceptability, appropriateness and feasibility of virtual space in strengthening the research capacity in Nigeria. Materials and Methods: Data were collected through an adapted online questionnaire from participants following a 2-day webinar. Both descriptive and inferential (bivariate and multivariate) analyses were done. Results: The findings of the study revealed that 55.2% of participants (n = 424) were males and 66.0% (n = 424) were early career researchers. Two hundred and thirty-six participants (55.7%) (n = 424) reported very good acceptability, 67.9% (n = 424) reported very good appropriateness while 54.7% (n = 424) reported good feasibility of webinar for research capacity strengthening. The rating of knowledge obtained from the webinar as 'excellent' increased the odds of acceptability (odd ratio [OR] = 38.30; P < 0.001), appropriateness (OR = 15.65; P < 0.05), and feasibility (OR = 20.85; P < 0.05). Furthermore, the preference for zoom and other online platforms for learning increased odds of acceptability of the webinar (OR = 2.29; confidence interval [CI]: 0.97–57.39; P < 0.05), appropriateness (OR = 2.55; CI: 1.10–5.91; P < 0.05) and feasibility (OR = 2.34; CI: 0.96–5.74; P < 0.05). Conclusion: The study concluded that webinar was acceptable, appropriate and feasible for strengthening research capacity, although poor internet connectivity and cost of data were the major challenges in Nigeria. However, a learner-centred approach in contents' delivery that ensures optimal learning has the potential of enhancing research capacity strengthening via virtual space.

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