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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: In this entry in The Teaching of Nursing series, the authors address such questions as: How can learning theories be applied online? What does "class participation" mean online? What are options for clinical lab experiences? What sort of technical support is needed?
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to guide educators through the steps to transform a traditional course into an online or Web-enhanced course for either traditional nursing education programs, continuing education, or certificate programs. In this age of technology, these are worthy objectives which the authors meet.
Audience: The book is written for nursing educators interested in designing online courses and/or developing an online curriculum. The authors are credible authorities.
Features: The book includes an introduction to Web-based teaching and learning and covers theories of learning and the online environment; developing the infrastructure for online learning from student, faculty, and technical support perspectives; technologies and competencies needed for online learning; reconceptualizing the online course; designing the online learning environment; course management methods; interacting and communicating online: and assessment and evaluation of online learning. Unique features of the book include a "decision tree" outlining each step in the process of online course development and a sample course syllabus showing the day-by-day structure of an online course.
Assessment: This is a very useful tool for guiding the development of online instruction. It represents the compilation of a tremendous number of resources for the beginning developer of online courses.