Thursday, July 22, 2004
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Thursday, July 22, 2004
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
This presentation is part of : Posters I
Strategies for Success: Developing a Web-Based Orientation for Online Learning
Sharon L. Moore, RN, MEd, PhD and Margaret Edwards, PhD, RN. Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University, Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Introduction: Online course initiatives in nursing education are burgeoning around the world. Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada currently offers a variety of nursing education programs totally online through the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies. Recent research initiatives in the Centre are focusing on excellence in teaching and learning as a means to offer quality nursing education in an environment that is committed to student success and satisfaction. In this session, the presenters will outline the development of a web-based orientation for online learning.

Design: This study used a qualitative, descriptive design to explore the question “from your perspective, what do you think should be included in an orientation for students starting a Master’s Program”? From the responses, an online orientation program was designed.

Population: Input was sought from faculty, and two student groups: one group of students had completed their first course, and a second group was just completing their last course in the Master of Health Studies and Master of Nursing programs.

Methods: Data were collected online, in a forum to which students responded anonymously to a broad question about their learning needs. Qualitative data analysis was carried out and common themes were identified.

Findings: These findings provided the impetus and direction for the content of the orientation program.

Conclusions and Implications: The study generated a number of strategies that students identified would contribute to their success in online learning. In addition, a number of recommendations also surfaced that have pointed to the need for other strategies that are currently being considered as a means to support students and build community in online learning. Based on the findings of this study, we recommend that a commitment to a specific and targeted orientation program is significant in increasing students’ success and satisfaction in online learning.

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