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    Klarisse Esteban

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    Post  Klarisse Esteban on Mon 13 Dec 2010, 5:09 pm

    E-Learning: Is This Teaching at Students or Teaching with Students?
    E-learning approach as a way of teaching nursing is the main concern of the author. He mentioned advantages as well as disadvantages. E-learning allows students to be aware of the technological advancements that are used in education, as well as it allows accessibility in obtaining information from different geographical locations. There are no limitations as to the area of knowledge the students may be able to gain. E-learning allows students to manage their own learning strategy while at the same time following the rules set by the instructor. E-learning is a way of teaching the students how to learn.
    The main disadvantage that the author establishes with E-Learning is that it will not sharpen the critical thinking skills of the nursing student. The author argues that with E-Learning, the students will learn only to comply and respond to the outcome parameters of the E-Learning method but will not gain the critical thinking skills that are needed in providing quality care. The main concept of nursing is that nurses will provide care to patients; with E-learning, the nurses will not learn how to care but only learn how to demonstrate the outcomes.
    The author suggests that a combination of the traditional pedagogy and the use of E-Learning teaching method be used as approaches to train nurses who are capable of thinking critically for the patient and able to give quality care for the patient and the patient’s family.


    References:
    Lewis, Peter A. (2007); Distance Education and the Integration of E-learning in a Graduate Program; The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing • May/June 2007 • Vol 38, No 3
    Muirhead, Robert John (2007); E-learning: Is This Teaching at Students or Teaching With Students?; Nursing Forum Volume 42, No. 4, October-December, 2007

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    Post  xiao pei on Thu 25 Nov 2010, 1:09 am

    GUIDE QUESTIONS

    1.) Online education is a growing trend among institutions. What are the implications of online education on nursing practice and skills?

    2.) Critics claim that online education greatly reduces content and jeopardizes practice. Do you agree? Why? Why not?

    3.) Given the flexible nature of online-education, should this be seriously considered for students who wish to study nursing but have other concerns that prevent them from studying full time? Why and why not?

    Medical educators are facing new challenges in teaching tomorrow’s physicians. In the past few decades, changes in healthcare delivery and advances in medicine have increased demands on academic faculty, resulting in less time for teaching. Changes in sites of healthcare delivery from acute care institutions to community-based settings for chronic care have required adaptations in educational venues. Finding time to teach “new” fields such as genomics, palliative care, geriatrics, and complementary medicine is difficult when medical school curricula are already overcrowded. Traditional instructor-centered teaching is yielding to a learner-centered model that puts learners in control of their own learning. A recent shift toward competency-based curricula emphasizes the learning outcome, not the process, of education.
    E-learning refers to the use of Internet technologies to deliver a broad array of solutions that enhance knowledge and performance. E-learning can be used by medical educators to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of educational interventions in the face of the social, scientific, and pedagogical challenges noted above. Online learning has gained popularity in the past decade; however, its use is highly variable among medical schools and appears to be more common in basic science courses than in the clinical clerkships.

    E-learning and its technology require large investments in faculty, time, money, and space that need to be justified to administrators and leadership. As with other educational materials, there are two major approaches to the evaluation of e-learning: process and outcomes.

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    Post  xingxia on Thu 25 Nov 2010, 12:05 am

    GUIDE QUESTIONS

    1.) Online education is a growing trend among institutions. What are the implications of online education on nursing practice and skills?

    2.) Critics claim that online education greatly reduces content and jeopardizes practice. Do you agree? Why? Why not?

    3.) Given the flexible nature of online-education, should this be seriously considered for students who wish to study nursing but have other concerns that prevent them from studying full time? Why and why not?

    e-learning for nurse students
    The learning environment extends beyond the classroom and establishing an e-learning culture is seen as essential to the future of nurse education and the facilitation of life long learning. This paper reports on a study that sought to identify the factors that may influence the utilization of e-learning by nursing, midwifery and health visiting students undertaking post-registration studies. The finding presented draw on quantitative and qualitative data idrawn from analysis of a questionnarire of e-learning. This research finds the perception of e-learning is positively influenced by its flexibility in time management, pace of learning, self direction and widening access to information. Potential barriers relate to the functional capability of students, perceived of e-learning as time consuming, competing home life elements and the lack of work based support. Student expectations in relation to reasons for choosing this mode of learning and the probability that thay may be inadequately supported to make the best use e-learning were inherent in the findings. This raised questions of the potential for inequity in educational delivery with increasing use of e-learning. The implications from this research highlight the challenge for nurse educators in understanding, developing awareness of and identifying strategies to manage these factors.
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    Post  joxliongson on Mon 22 Nov 2010, 11:33 am

    1.) Online education is a growing trend among institutions. What are the implications of online education on nursing practice and skills?
    2.) Critics claim that online education greatly reduces content and jeopardizes practice. Do you agree? Why? Why not?

    3.) Given the flexible nature of online-education, should this be seriously considered for students who wish to study nursing but have other concerns that prevent them from studying full time? Why and why not?

    I admit that online education is effective in imparting information. The internet is an easy accessible way of getting answers. But we have to understand that Nursing education is not only focused on knowing facts and information. It requires training. Moreover, it does not only require the ability to perform skills, it requires caring as postulated by Nursing theorists such as Travelbee (Tommey & Alligood, 2002). E-learning and knowledge management is different from training, according to Marc Rosenberg's book "E-Learning: Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age" (Hansen,2003).

    I believe that in a field where therapeutic person-to-person relationship is required, a person-to-person teaching ad learning is beneficial. How else is care demonstrated if not in personal contact, how else is effective verbal and non-verbal communication shown if not in live conversations and how else are skills evaluated if not in practice? E-learning may be a supplemental or adjacent approach, but should not be the primary medium of instruction in the Health Sciences. In the health Sciences, precision, accuracy and effectiveness are critical because a mistake of .001 can cost a health practitioner one'e precious life.

    I remember senator Nikki Coseteng once commented in an interview that the quality of students have deteriorated through the years because of the internet. students are no longer s diligent as the students before because the use of books have been minimized. I personally do not rely on internet sources alone. Even in my paper work, I have more books, periodicals and magazines as references; I consciously try to keep internet sources to a minimum. That is because I believe in how diligence, critical thinking in digesting and determining needed information from books and being selective as to reliability of sources cannot be honed in internet dependence. After all, it is not what we know that is important in gauging education, it is the values that we learn.


    REFERENCES:

    Hansen, D. J. (2003). Book review: E-Learning: Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age (Author: M. Rosenberg). Educational Technology & Society, 6(3), 80-81 (ISSN 1436-4522). Retrieved on November 21, 2010.Retreived from http://www.ifets.info/journals/6_3/11.html

    Tomey, A.M. & Alligood, M.R. (2002). Nursing theorists and their works. Singapore: Mosby, Inc.
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    Re: E-learning

    Post  markpradow on Mon 22 Nov 2010, 11:18 am

    GUIDE QUESTIONS

    1.)Online education is a growing trend among institutions. What are the implications of online education on nursing practice and skills?
    2.)Critics claim that online education greatly reduces content and jeopardizes practice. Do you agree? Why? Why not?
    3.)Given the flexible nature of online-education, should this be seriously considered for students who wish to study nursing but have other concerns that prevent them from studying full time? Why and why not?

    For me, online education is inevitable what with the advancement of technology and the need for other options in education. But the problem is that it really is not fit for the nursing education. We have to teach the nursing in a face to face basis because in an online manner, students are very submissive and may not understand the lessons well and the teachers will not be able to see if the students really understand the lesson compared to a face to face discussion when the teacher can use his judgment when he notices that a student is not participating well. Online education also gives the students a lot of unnecessary and non credible sources of information which he may use in his studies.
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    Post  kristineaajuan on Mon 22 Nov 2010, 1:39 am

    The Internet is a technological development that has the potential to change not only the way society retains and accesses knowledge but also to transform and restructure traditional models of higher education, particularly the delivery and interaction in and with course materials and associated resources. Utilising the Internet to deliver eLearning initiatives has created expectations both in the business market and in higher education institutions. Indeed, eLearning has enabled universities to expand on their current geographical reach, to capitalize on new prospective students and to establish themselves as global educational providers (Singh & O’Donoghue & Worton, 2004).

    Nowadays, the answers to our queries are on the tip of our hands. They are just one click away with the help of the internet. The internet brings positive and negative effects in our everyday lives. It very helpful to us in so many ways, for example, when we have a homework for school we search in the internet for answers, when we want to know the recipe of something we search for it in the internet and one of the most wonderful effect of it is brings family ties closer with the help of different applications such as facebook. However, using the internet has negative effects on people as well. Sometimes the students get so addicted with online games and tend to shorten their study period. Office work gets interrupted because of some online applications. While surfing online has their down side effect in our everyday lives it is beneficial to students in so many ways. Today we already have this so-called E-learning. E-learning could be defined as a new interactive method of learning through a computer network, and other ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) means (Ortiz, 2001).
    On a study conducted by Ortiz (2001), he enumerated some of the goals of e-learning which are the following:
    - To make the communication between students and teachers quicker and easier.
    - To be accessible all the time.
    - To make learning more attractive and reachable for more people.
    - To enable access to a wider range of information, from anywhere.
    - It can be very interesting for already existing distance universities.

    For us students at the graduate school, electronic or online learning is very helpful especially when searching for related literatures since our library has limited journals compared to what the internet has to offer. Like in our forum when we read what our classmates has to say or share the learning is not limited to her but with the whole class who was able to read and react to what the other classmate has to say, even the professor who have read everything learns with the class. Furthermore, though e-learning have biases it is beneficial in so many ways.


    References:
    Singh, G. & O'Donoghue, J. & Worton, H. (2004). A Study Into The Effects Of eLearning
    On Higher Education. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 14-24.

    Ortiz, J. (2001). E-Learning. E-Learning: effects and demands on students and
    Teachers, September, 16, 2006.

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    Post  angeliebernardo on Sun 21 Nov 2010, 10:18 pm

    Online education is a growing trend among institutions. What are the implications of online education on nursing practice and skills?

    2.) Critics claim that online education greatly reduces content and jeopardizes practice. Do you agree? Why? Why not?


    1.I think online education is only effective with students enrolled in graduate school who do not have time attending to a regular class especially if the profession is in the medical and nursing fields. I do not suggest this kind of education to undergraduate courses since the student needs to learn the basics first before entering to a higher degree of education. Online education is indeed popular now for the primary reason that students have an easy access to it for references. As to nursing practice and skills, online education can be useful in terms of updates but with the skills, best way to enhance it is still at the bedside. So how should the nurse achieve it? By attending seminars, conventions and most especially trainings.

    2. In some aspects, online education reduces content and jeopardize practice. As to reducing the content in terms of nursing content, this can be seen in students who are in the graduate school. Plagiarism is common. How does it reduce content? Putting other people’s work and claiming it to be his own without even at least re-phrasing the statement greatly reduces the content. It is tantamount to reading without comprehension. It obviously jeopardizes nursing practice. The kind of learning we attain reflects our performance and efficiency in our chosen fields.

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    Re: E-learning

    Post  jennyanne on Sat 20 Nov 2010, 12:06 pm

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    1.) Online education is a growing trend among institutions. What are the implications of online education on nursing practice and skills?

    Besides the fact that it is convenient for students, I believe that online education can provide them new trends and researches that can further enhance their skills in giving better health care. As discussed by Ainsley and Brown, "Using technology to teach and teaching students to use technology and informatics can ensure that nursing students learn the psychomotor skills associated with the use of the hardware and software that will be beneficial in a health care setting. The opportunity to interact and collaborate with and learn from a diverse group of faculty and peers via online educational settings and technology can promote growth and the nursing profession's caring attitude."


    2.) Critics claim that online education greatly reduces content and jeopardizes practice. Do you agree? Why? Why not?

    I disagree that online education reduces content and jeopardizes practice. In fact, it further enhances the knowledge of the students by providing them updated discoveries or researches that help them become more competent.



    3.) Given the flexible nature of online-education, should this be seriously considered for students who wish to study nursing but have other concerns that prevent them from studying full time? Why and why not?

    Online education is very convenient for students due to its accessibility and less cost. Though I think thorough evaluation and constant guidance should be provided by the educators to make sure that the students are learning from the curriculum.

    reference:

    Ainsley, B & Brown, A. (2009). The Impact of Nursing Education: A Review of the Literature. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing - May 2009 - Vol 40, No 5. doi7O.9999/00220124-20090422-02

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    Post  jm_babera on Sat 20 Nov 2010, 11:37 am

    Critics claim that e-learning is prone to content reduction and ultimately to jeopardy of our practice and although most of us agree, to better understand the article let us put ourselves in the critic's shoes. Can you think of examples or instances when it can do such?

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    Post  lorrainepinzon on Sat 20 Nov 2010, 8:56 am

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    E-learning: Is This Teaching at Students or Teaching With Students?


    Questions:

    1.) Online education is a growing trend among institutions. What are the implications of online education on nursing practice and skills?

    2.) Critics claim that online education greatly reduces content and jeopardizes practice. Do you agree? Why? Why not?

    Now that we are in the age where technology is advanced and well-developed, E-learning has been very popular and is now widely used by colleges and universities.

    Dr. Der-fun conducted a study entitled, “Effects of a Web-Based Course on Nursing Skills and Knowledge Learning”. The purpose of the study was to assess the effectiveness of supplementing traditional classroom teaching with Web-based learning design when teaching intramuscular injection nursing skills. Four clusters of nursing students at a junior college in eastern Taiwan were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. A total of 147 students (80 in the experimental group, 67 in the control group) completed the study. All participants received the same classroom lectures and skill demonstration. The experimental group interacted using a Web-based course and were able to view the content on demand. The students and instructor interacted via a chatroom, the bulletin board, and e-mail. Participants in the experimental group had significantly higher scores on both intramuscular injection knowledge and skill learning. A Web-based design can be an effective supplementing learning tool for teaching nursing knowledge and skills.

    Likewise, Harrington (2004) had a study entitled, “The Effects of Computer-Based Training on Immediate and Residual Learning of Nursing Facility Staff”. Nursing facility administrators must find new and innovative ways to meet the training needs of their staff. In this article, researchers discuss the effectiveness of computer-based training compared with the traditional instructor-led format. The computer-based and instructor-led versions of a fire safety training program were presented to staff of nine nursing facilities. Participants (N = 1,294) were randomly assigned to the computer-based or instructor-led groups. Both groups significantly increased their scores from pretest to posttest. The computer-based group significantly outperformed the instructor-led group on the knowledge subtest at posttest. Participants reported that they enjoyed the computer-based training and had no difficulty using the computers. The researchers concluded that computer based training can be an effective and efficient alternative training technique.

    Distance learning has been the turning point for accomplishing adult learning in nursing education. This article describes the development and structure of a distance-learning course used to deliver distance learning to the RN-BSN students at Yonsei University, College of Nursing. The distance-learning course was developed cooperatively by content experts, instructional designers, programmers, and graphic designers. The course content, "Growth and Development," was a computerized instructional course delivered using the Internet. The programming system was developed on the Web Server and Oracle DB through the Internet. The characteristics of adult learners-graduates with 3-year RN diplomas and working full-time-were considered during development of the course. For a semester, the students studied the growth and development of a person from infancy to adolescence through interactions with peers and instructors using alternative menus on the Internet. The course was evaluated from feedback of 60 RN-BSN students on their satisfaction with this distance-learning course in regard to instructional design, the arrangement and structure of instruction, and the function and feasibility of the courseware. When the self-reported questionnaire with 25 open questions was evaluated, students' general responses were relatively positive. Insufficient feedback from the professor, excessive time and difficulties experienced when connecting to the Internet, and the lack of information about related websites were primary negative responses. For an effective use of the distance-learning system, improvements to the telecommunications network service are crucial. School authorities should support the professors who are interested in developing distance-learning courses so that the courses can be developed with technical perspectives. More distance-learning courses applying interactive multimedia instructional design through the Internet should be developed with the improved network service in the future.


    3.) Given the flexible nature of online-education, should this be seriously considered for students who wish to study nursing but have other concerns that prevent them from studying full time? Why and why not?

    I believe that on-line education is a great opportunity for those students who are busy balancing their work, social activities, family and school work. With on-line education, it is not only flexible through one’s time schedule but also offers vast array of knowledge and information through the usage of the internet. Yet, continuous guidance should still be encouraged for educators so that they can still monitor if the on-line education the students that are achieving is still in line to the curriculum.





    References:

    Der-fa, L. (2009). The Effects of Web-Based Course on Nursing Skills and Knowledge Learning. http://www.journalofnursingeducation.com/showAbst.asp?thing=36824

    Harrington, S. (2004). The Effects of Computer-Based Training on Immediate and Residual Learning of Nursing Facility Staff. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing Vol. 35 No. 4 July/August 2004

    Kim, H. (2000). The Effects of Internet-based Distance Learning in Nursing. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. Volume 18 Number Page 19 January/February 2000.

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    Post  Charis J on Sat 20 Nov 2010, 8:17 am

    1.) Online education is a growing trend among institutions. What are the implications of online education on nursing practice and skills?
    2.) Critics claim that online education greatly reduces content and jeopardizes practice. Do you agree? Why? Why not?

    Online education would enhance a student’s critical thinking skills if it is actually combined with face-to-face lectures and where students are given the opportunity to practice their skills in a clinical setting. A recommendation for a nursing education would be to have early preceptor experience where the student is paired one-on-one with the clinical preceptor during the student’s first clinical course. It is a good method to ensure adequate preparation for the student as he faces real-life situations as a nurse.

    I don’t agree that online education greatly reduces content and jeopardizes practice. It, in fact, enhances a student’s critical thinking skills because students will be constantly engaged in discussion with the instructor and other students. They will be exposed to different situations where they will be asked to decide if the knowledge learned will be applicable to certain situations. This, of course, assumes that the online education is coupled with face-to-face lectures and clinical exposure.

    3) Given the flexible nature of online-education, should this be seriously considered for students who wish to study nursing but have other concerns that prevent them from studying full time? Why and why not?

    Yes, for reasons of accessibility, convenience, less expenses in going to and from the lecture place, online education should be seriously considered for people who need a flexible schedule. It is actually the reason why many institutions are going into online education.

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    Post  AlexZano on Sat 20 Nov 2010, 3:32 am


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    Technological advances greatly emerge affecting the trend in nursing education specifically on educational trend and instructional design in some graduate programs. The article sited studies of e- learning and its implications to students enrolled in the master programme at the New Zealand proves effectiveness of the e- learning style and approach.

    The advantages of e-learning significantly dominates than of the disadvantages. Feedback from e-learning experience demonstrated 72% of the students found online tutorials beneficial for the development of their critical thinking and critical appraisal skills. Additionally, 65% of the students commented positively with their e-learning experience and more comfortable with the progression of the course. (Lewis, P. A., Price, S. (2007). Meanwhile, Downside of the instructional style does affect trivial number or percentage of the students enrolled on e-learning. One of these is the perplexity of the operation of online posting that the other students who are not familiar to do so, may caused confusion and dissatisfaction and hinders them to participate in the learning process.

    The question cited below; Given the flexible nature of online education, should this be seriously considered for students who wish to study nursing but have other concerns that prevent them from studying full time? Why? Why not?

    I definitely consider online learning for the students who want to pursue the nursing degree but does not have sufficient time to attend formal classes that is time consuming, and has inflexible schedule. E-learning provide students flexible and accommodating time to do other important tasks, utilize and explore a vast source of knowledge thru searching literature online, but the educator need to evaluate the student thoroughly in the different competencies of the profession.


    Reference

    Lewis, P. A., Price, S. (2007). Distance Education and the Integration E-learning in a Graduate Program. The Journal ofContinuing Education in Nursing, 38(3), 139-143.






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    Post  jm_babera on Fri 19 Nov 2010, 5:38 pm

    I believe we are familiar with the implications of e-learning to our education simply because we ourselves are actually products of e-learning. However, in your opinion, are there major implications to our abilities, referring to nursing skills and knowledge, to perform as nurses?

    Lastly, seeing as that you agree that there is reduction of content which compromises the nursing practice in general, please expand on how, in your opinion, e-learning actually does so? Please cite personal examples based on your experience as a nursing professor?



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    Post  sheryllquides on Fri 19 Nov 2010, 11:41 am

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    E-learning: Is This Teaching at Students or Teaching With Students?


    1.) Online education is a growing trend among institutions. What are the implications of online education on nursing practice and skills?

    The Internet has also become an important instructional tool to facilitate the transfer of many types of information from one computer to another, and is rapidly becoming an effective means of communication in nursing schools and colleges. Internet-based instruction has been manifested in one-to-one (tutor-to-student), one-to-many (tutor-to-group) and many-to-many (group-to-group) approaches to instruction. The forms of communication may be synchronous with all parties communicating within the same time frame; or it may be asynchronous, where there may be a time delay between the communicators when sending, receiving and replying to any given communicative event (Webb et al, 2004). The rapid advances in health care knowledge provided an opportunity for nurses to learn about other nurse’ clinical practices and to connect with people globally. They valued each other’s contributions and perceived themselves as equals.

    Technical problems, difficulty completing group projects, perceived social isolation,and securing an appropriate clinical site were the factors that were not working well.Many of the
    nurses and practicing nurse felt that timely feedback from the other health care providers and timely responses to technical problems could ultimately improve the online experience. Nurses sought increased creative collaborative learning, better developed critical thinking activities, easily locatable resources, clear assignment instructions, standardized progress evaluations, and improved test management (Ali et al., 2004).

    2. Critics claim that online education greatly reduces content and jeopardizes practice. Do you agree? Why? Why not?


    I do not agree.On-line learning, or as some prefer, distance learning, has become a major trend in our academic world. For some individuals the benefits far outweigh the negative aspects. For others, the traditional classroom is a more desirable approach to education.

    Educational Responsibility
    One positive aspect of on-line education is that it essentially forces students to become more educationally responsible. Students are required to attend virtual classes, provide documentation of work and complete formal assessments without a teacher providing direct supervision.

    Technical Abilities
    Students who are taking on-line courses need to become fairly adept at navigating their way through a variety of electronic media. Students become more technologically advanced due to their on-line courses.

    Higher Levels of Education
    Another positive effect of on-line learning is the increased desire that individuals experience to further their educations due to the availability of distance learning courses. Individuals have more avenues to pursue their chosen careers than ever before due to on-line education.

    Learning Time
    Individuals are able to enter their virtual classrooms at any chosen time, thus helping students by allowing them to attend classes when their learning potential is the greatest. Students will inevitably learn more when they are able to truly focus their attention on the materials at hand instead of at a pre-scheduled time.

    Negative Aspects
    One negative aspect of on-line learning is the lack of teacher-student interaction in a face to face environment. The role of teacher as facilitator is removed and thus the availability of an expert for students when help is needed is not always possible.

    3.) Given the flexible nature of online-education, should this be seriously considered for students who wish to study nursing but have other concerns that prevent them from studying full time? Why and why not?

    Yes. Online education can be considered for those students or nurses who wants to pursue a higher level of education but are busy with other commitments. Although adults with a confining schedule may find online education the perfect solution, experts are quick to point out that online education is nothing like the traditional classroom setting. Obviously a lecture in a chat room is not the same as a traditional one. Currently there simply is nothing as good for leaning as face to face interaction.


    References:
    1. Ali, N., Hodson-Carlton, K., & Ryan, M. (2004). Students’ perceptions of online learning: Implications for teaching. Nurse Educator, 29 (3), 111-115.
    2. Webb, E., Jones, A., Barker, P. & Schaik, P. (2004). Using e-learning dialogues in higher education. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 41(1), 93-103.


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    Post  jm_babera on Thu 18 Nov 2010, 3:42 pm

    E-learning: Is This Teaching at Students or Teaching With Students? aims to address the issues that are beginning to cloud the line between educators and learners utilizing electronic learning as a medium of instruction. The author stresses that higher learning must be referred to as andragogy- instead of the traditional pedagogy, a term which implies a “teacher-to-student” relationship.
    The advent of a globally connected teaching space has brought with it the advantages and disadvantages that come with the increasing dependence on the Internet. While it does make information more accessible to many, does the learning aspect retain its “credibility” once the four-walled classroom setting is eliminated and the teacher and student do not have to see each other anymore?
    The author points out that nature of traditional nursing education, one that espouses following a learning process founded upon years of collective knowledge is gradually molding itself to the rising trend of e-learning. But as the article declares, while the information being disseminated in e-learning may establish uniform practice, it may not aid in developing the critical thinking skills of the individual.
    Another concern posed by e-learning is the issue of utilizing pre-conceived material, complete with all related links to possible sources. The removal of the “human feel” in e-learning domains is contributory to the different responses that this form of education elicits. Wahlstedt et.al (2009) note that the e-learning environment has become a “learning space”; as opposed to “spaces of learning”, implying the image of a school where knowledge is imparted.
    The dissociative properties that e-learning creates between teachers and students are a fact of the practice; while it does allow students to control their own time and learning, it poses concerns in relation to design and execution of a program. As the author points out, the assessment of a good teacher is readily seen in a classroom setting; the same could not be said of e-learning.
    The nature of e-learning, as dictated by its form, i.e., on line forms, tick boxes, fill in the blank assessments and the like, have great influence on the practice itself. As noted in the study, andradogical studies place great emphasis on the development of responsibility, knowledge and the like, while pedadogical studies have a placed a vocational pall on nursing, something it has been trying to remove for the past decade or so. The programming for e-learning may not be able to incorporate key abilities that have to be developed in the individual nurse. It is this attribute that critics of e-learning often mention in their arguments. Likewise, content is also being questioned for its ability to actually get concepts across, especially those that show techniques and other aspects of nursing practice. Glenn (2005) relates how e-learning content that are visually enhancing and provocative content run the risk of being educationally inadequate in some respects.

    Although e-learning has been well-accepted in some countries and have become the basis of distance learning for many institutions, its ability to cover nursing topics holistically is yet to be proven. There are still many limits to the modules, and the creation of practice-relevant content is not only takes a lot of effort but also has to be continually update with current trends, thereby the question of feasibility arises.
    Technological innovations must be embraced by nurses, both for personal growth and increasing knowledge for the patient’s benefit. However, a caveat must be made for those who wish to make e-learning a standard for nursing education. This has its pros and cons, and despite its growing popularity, nurses must remember than even with continuing online education, practice of skills and enhancing knowledge will always serve practitioners in good stead.

    References

    Ari Wahlstedt, A., Pekkola, S., Niemelä.M. (2009). From e-learning space to e-learning place. British Journal of Educational Technology.Vol 39 No 6 2008 1020–1030

    Glen S. (2005). E-learning in nurse education: lessons learnt? Nurse Education Today. 25, 415–417.




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    1.) Online education is a growing trend among institutions. What are the implications of online education on nursing practice and skills?

    2.) Critics claim that online education greatly reduces content and jeopardizes practice. Do you agree? Why? Why not?

    3.) Given the flexible nature of online-education, should this be seriously considered for students who wish to study nursing but have other concerns that prevent them from studying full time? Why and why not?


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