Title : Relationship between digital capabilities and academic performance: The mediating effect of self-efficacy
Background: Numerous nations, among them the UAE, acknowledge the value of education in building citizens with excellent knowledge that they can utilize in their future careers. On the same page, students of all levels consistently strive for exemplary academic achievement. Academic performance is seen as a crucial aspect of education. Many variables, including social skills and student conduct, contribute to the quality of academic variables. Among the critical factors for academic success is a lack of ability to access educational materials, and students are not confident enough to use them.
Purpose and methods: The aim of the current study is to investigate the relationship between digital capabilities and academic performance among nursing students as well as the moderating role of students’ self-efficacy. A cross-sectional, correlational, descriptive, and quantitative was applied. Data was collected from 200 students during the academic year 2022-2023. Hayes Process model 4 macro was employed to investigate the role of students’ self-efficacy mediating effect of on the association between digital capabilities and academic performance.
Results: The digital capability level and self-efficacy level were high. Additionally, the academic performance level was moderate. Hayes revealed that the direct effect of digital capabilities on student performance in presence of the mediator was significant (b = 0.0063, p= 0.022). Hence, self-efficacy partially mediated the relationship between digital capabilities and Student Performance.
Conclusion: The study emphasized the importance of improving students’ digital capabilities that enhance their confidence and self-actualization. As well as nursing students are encouraged to improve their sense of self-efficacy throughout their tenure in college because it is a predictor of future success.
Audience Take Away Notes:
• Highlight the main five domains of digital capabilities
• Digital capability and Self-efficacy are associated with improved academic performance
• Students with low self-efficacy should work on themselves
• In order to prevent students from dropping out of college, it is necessary to implement early monitoring of the obstacles they encounter in order to intervene promptly