Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Teach beyond Your Reach: An Instructor's Guide to Developing and Running Successful Distance Learning Classes, Workshops, Training Sessions and More

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Teach beyond Your Reach: An Instructor's Guide to Developing and Running Successful Distance Learning Classes, Workshops, Training Sessions and More

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Teach Beyond Your Reach: An Instructor's Guide to Developing and Running Successful Distance Learning Classes, Workshops, Training Sessions and More by Robin Neidorf; Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2006; 248 pages, $29.95 (soft cover)

Without question, distance education has become an integral part of the nursing education fabric. Licensed nurses who wish to I pursue further education can find web-based programs for all levels of education, including LPN-BSN, RN-BSN, and a variety of master's and doctoral programs. Some continuing education is also offered via the web. And, even if a nursing program does not offer courses or programs at a distance, most have access to web-based courseware packages such as Blackboard.

Transforming a course to a web-based or web-enhanced version does not merely involve uploading traditional lectures to the course website. Faculty must make a conscious effort to create a community of learners who will be engaged actively with the course material. Learning how to transform courses is not easy. Some schools offer extensive help in the form of instructional designers and extensive technical support. Faculty at other schools may be left largely to their own devices and search for books and articles to aid them in course transformation. Teach Beyond Your Reach may be a book that these faculty could use.

The author personalizes the content at the outset by recapping her own journey toward taking and offering courses via the web. Her goal is to help faculty realize that designing web courses is a creative endeavor that can lead to effective communities of learners. Her broad target audience, including university faculty, small business consultants, freelance instructors, and decision makers in organizations, is a strength as well as a weakness. …

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