Feature ArticleThe Effectiveness of an Interactive Multimedia Learning Tool on Nursing Students' Math Knowledge and Self-efficacyMaag, Margaret EdD, MSN, RNAuthor Information From the University of San Francisco School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA. This article was written following the completion of a doctoral research project involving the investigation of the effectiveness of an online interactive multimedia program on undergraduate nursing students' math knowledge and self-efficacy at 2 universities in northern California. The research was supported by a grant received from Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, Beta Gamma. Corresponding author: Margaret Maag, EdD, MSN, RN, University of San Francisco, School of Nursing, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (e-mail: [email protected]). CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: January 2004 - Volume 22 - Issue 1 - p 26-33 Buy Abstract The use of online learning tutorials to provide instruction in schools of nursing is growing in popularity; however, the outcomes associated with this method of instruction are not well documented. The focus of this experimental study, conducted at 2 universities in northern California, was to determine the effectiveness of an online interactive multimedia-learning tool versus text only, text and images, and multimedia learning explanations on math achievement, math self-efficacy, and student satisfaction. Compared to students in the control groups, students in the interactive multimedia group demonstrated equal posttest and retest knowledge of math; their math self-efficacy scores were also the same. Interactive multimedia group students were more satisfied with the method of learning, reported the technique to be enjoyable and more interesting, and provided sufficient feedback. An online interactive multimedia-learning tool is a realistic and creative method of teaching medication dosage calculations. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.