Iscussion: Online Healthcare and Nursing Courses posts

Respond to at least four of your colleaguesa postings in one or more of the following ways:
60 words and 1 quote each

Explain why you agree or disagree with their assessments.

Validate an idea with your own experience.

Share an insight from having read your colleagueas posting.

Offer and support an opinion.

Expand on your colleagueas posting.

Learning Resources

Prior Knowledge

Recall the instances in your online learning experience that were particularly effective in making you feel a part of a learning community. What led to those positive experiences? How could you, as an instructor, achieve the same success in an online setting with learners who are nursing students, nurses in continuing education, or patients?

Required Resources


Course Text: Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty

Chapter 23 Teaching and Learning in Online Learning Communities”

In addition to describing how educators develop online courses, this chapter summarizes principles of online course design and suggests ways to facilitate effective online discussion forums.

Course Text: Developing Online Learning Environments in Nursing Education

Chapter 8 Course Management Methods”

What are the differences and similarities in managing an online course vs. a traditional course? This chapter identifies several factors that contribute to effective online course management, such as providing explicit information on course procedures at the beginning of the course, and timely feedback to students. A table at the end provides a sample of an online syllabus.

Chapter 7 Interacting and Communicating Online”

Communication in online learning must be structured to make the most of the online environment. This chapter discusses ways of facilitating effective student-to-student and group interactions, promoting active learning, and building a sense of community.

Article: Diekelmann, N., & Mendia, E. P. (2005). Being a supportive presence in online courses: Attending to students online presence with one another. Journal of Nursing Education, 44(9), 393a 395. (ProQuest Nursing Journals database)
Article: Smith, T. (2005). Fifty-one competencies for online instruction. The Journal of Educators Online,2(2). Retrieved January 5, 2006, from /jsp?pj4&pageHOME
MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching