Nursing Professor Publishes on the Quality of Online Nursing Education

In her recent publication, Eva M. Horne MN, BSN, APRN-BC, a professor with the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, asks, in the rush to stay competitive in online education, are nursing schools systematically evaluating the programs beyond the course level? If so, what evaluation tools are used, what are the findings and how are the evaluation data used? Over the past decade, the Internet’s effect has transformed nursing education, particularly at the graduate level. Schools of nursing have embraced Internet-based course delivery technology to broaden students’ access to academic degrees. By answering the questions above, nurse educators can develop strategies for evaluating the quality and worth of online learning, thus improving instruction and learning outcomes. Working in concert with the School, the University Library provides online instruction to graduate students. Horne’s publication can help the GSU faculty community better instruct distance learners.

Horne, E. M., & Sandmann, L. R. (2012). Current Trends in Systematic Program Evaluation of Online Graduate Nursing Education: An Integrative Literature Review. Journal Of Nursing Education, 51(10), 570-578.

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2 Responses to Nursing Professor Publishes on the Quality of Online Nursing Education

  1. Davis Mard says:

    I suppose one of the evaluation tools for the nursing student is when they’re assisting or in training with senior nurses and we can get their opinion.

  2. Renee Colsch says:

    I am currently enrolled in a RN to MSN with a focus in nursing education. My program is strictly delivered online. It involves weekly discussions in which scholarly references must be utilized. Majority of my classes require graded team papers and then an individual paper all which a rubric is used in determining a grade. You highlight some great points around “strategies for evaluating the quality and worth of online learning, thus improving instruction and learning outcomes”. I think it is imperative for nursing programs to follow an evaluation model, like ADDIE or Dick and Carey, not only to meet their students learning needs but also to meet accreditation and credentialing standards.

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