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From The CriticsReviewer: Mary P Bennett, RN, DNSc(Indiana State University)
Description: This book contains a cross section of ideas from various nursing programs across the country and reads like a series of monographs. Content ranges from basic background information aimed at educators contemplating use of distance education, to firsthand accounts of how distance education is being used, to rather conceptual descriptions of how computerized instruction could be used to supplement or replace certain hands-on clinical experiences.
Purpose: This book is an attempt to present the complex issues surrounding distance education in nursing. The editor touches not only on the technical issues, but on faculty governance, policy, teaching/learning issues, and recommendations for evaluation of distance education.
Audience: Nursing educators and administrators considering the use of distance education and/or computer assisted instruction methods are the intended audience.
Features: The reader is given a brief glance into the world of web course development, video taping of student clinical performances and faculty lectures, use of virtual reality programs to supplement clinical labs, and use of clinical preceptors to monitor distance students.
Assessment: For the novice distance educator this book will serve as valuable background information and an introduction to the world of distance education. The reader is given a glimpse of how other programs have used distance education and various distance education policy issues. However, the reader does not get enough detailed information to be able to realistically implement any given technology. In addition, because of the publication lag, it is nearly impossible for print materials to contain current information about this rapidly evolving area. While the editor does include some addresses for software Web sites, a Web site specific for this book with updated software links, development tools, and demonstrations of various nursing distance education courses would have greatly enhanced this offering.