Developing an Online Course: Best Practices for Nurse Educators

Developing an Online Course: Best Practices for Nurse Educators

Developing an Online Course: Best Practices for Nurse Educators

Developing an Online Course: Best Practices for Nurse Educators

Synopsis

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. Readers will find a decision tree outlining each step in the process invaluable, as will they a sample course syllabus showing the day-by-day structure of an online course.

Excerpt

CAROL A. O'NEIL

T'he original purpose of the Web was to communicate and share information, and its development has dramatically changed our methods of communication and sharing information. Ultimately, it has changed the practice of nursing.

For one, it has spurred the growth of Nursing Informatics, which is defined by the American Nurses Association (ANA) as a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice. Further, Nursing Informatics facilitates this integration to support patients, nurses, and other providers in their decision-making in all roles and settings. This support is accomplished through the use of information technology and information structures, which organize data, information, and knowledge for processing by computers. An international definition was adopted at the 1998 meeting of the International Medical Informatics Association Workgroup on Nursing Informatics in Seoul, Korea: Nursing Informatics is the integration of nursing, its information, and information management with information processing and communication technology, to support the health of people worldwide (Newbold, 2001).

While informatics focuses on interpreting databases, computers and the Web are used for additional purposes. As Internet Service Providers (ISP) such as America Online developed and refined their services, resources allowed for disseminating information and enhancing communication. Web sites such as Web-MD (Webmd.com), which advertises that it has 16 million users every month, were . . .

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