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Developing an Online Course: Best Practices for Nurse Educators / Edition 1

Developing an Online Course: Best Practices for Nurse Educators / Edition 1


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This book takes educators through the necessary steps to transform a traditional course into an online or partially online course -- which may be part of a traditional nursing education program, a continuing education course, or a certification program. The authors address questions such 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 will I need? Readers will find invaluable a decision tree outlining each step in the process as well as a sample course syllabus showing the day-by-day structure of an online course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826125460
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/19/2004
Series: Springer Series on the Teaching of Nursing
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Carol O'Neil, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Dr. O'Neil is a Web Initiative in Teaching (WIT) Fellow. Dr. O'Neil teaches online and has presented her research and experiences in teaching and learning online at both international and national conferences.

Cheryl Fisher, MSN, RN, is the Informatics/E-learning Manager for the Nursing Department at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has over 20 years experience at NIH, including positions with the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. She works closely with nurse educators developing and delivering online educational offerings and managing the NIH Nursing Internet and Intranet Web sites. She also teaches Informatics for the University of Maryland and Nursing Theory and Nursing Research for the University of Phoenix Online. Currently she is enrolled at Towson University in Towson, Maryland as a doctoral student in instructional technology.

Susan K. Newbold, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FHIMSS, is an Associate Professor, Nursing Informatics, Vanderbilt School of Nursing, Nashville, TN. She began teaching online in 1999 at Excelsior College, Albany, NY. She is certified in Nursing Informatics by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Newbold has made over 200 presentations on healthcare informatics in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan. She is the founder of CARING, a national nursing informatics special interest group. Dr. Newbold has numerous publications to her credit including co-editing two edition of Nursing Informatics: Where Caring and Technology Meet.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Web-Based Teaching and Learning
  2. Theories of Learning and the Online Environment
  3. Developing the Infrastructure for Online Learning: Student, Faculty, and Technical Support
  4. Technologies and Competencies Needed for Online Learning
  5. Reconceptualizing the Online Course
  6. Designing the Online Learning Environment
  7. Course Management Methods
  8. Interacting and Communicating Online
  9. Assessment and Evaluation of Online Learning

  10. Index

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This exciting book provides nurse educators and distance education administrators with current, comprehensive, critical information about web-courses and programs for nurses. It is well balanced in that it covers from the macro level of theories to a more day to day micro level of building infrastructure, evaluating a course or day to day communicating online. It includes the critical information for building, delivering, evaluating and maintaining web-based courses while not forcing the reading into any one framework as theories pertinent to both learning and online environments. It is practice based and provides clear steps for reconceptualizing traditional offering to web-based offerings. The best-practices collected and shared by the authors is a wonderful find, all in one place, for all of us involved in web-education who are seeking to evaluate our courses against both research based standards and best practices. Throughout the book the authors do not lose sight of the need to build the correct infrastructure to support the nursing courses, teachers and learners. They further show the importance of being forward focused for web-based teaching. Their designing the online environments and course management methods chapters are well presented in such away to meet the needs of both the novice and expert level reader. Though the book is written to focus on nursing and web-based nursing courses it is applicable across all distance education offerings regardless of discipline."
—Barbara G. Covington, RN, PhD, Associate Dean, Information & Leaning Technologies, Associate Professor, Department of Organizational Systems & Adult Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing

"This book provides essential information and a wealth of knowledge for faculty who wish to learn how to create successful web-based courses. A variety of topics range from educational theories to infrastructure development to competencies needed for teaching and learning and course management strategies. The content is presented in a concise, detailed style that is interesting and meets the needs of faculty new to this approach as well as providing new information to those who currently teach online"
—Sheila P. Englebardt, PhD, RN, University of North Carolina School of Nursing

"The authors have skillfully integrated a conceptual and pragmatic guide to constructing on-line, web based educational programs. They comprehensively present the roles and responsibilities of educators as well as students and propose helpful templates and strategies for planning, designing and supporting the use of technology to foster effective learning. This text is written so as to provide novices with a theory grounded approach for ‘where and how to start,’ yet offers perceptive insight for review and evaluation of existing on-line courses for those with prior experience in this area. It provides a much needed resource that synthesizes existing literature and best practices in this field and challenges the reader to focus on the multi-dimensional aspects and challenges of on-line course development."
—Carol A. Romano, PhD, RN, BC, CNAA, FAAN, Deputy Chief, Clinical Research Informatics, Clinical Center,National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

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