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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160939
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Creating a Learner-Centered Environment in Nursing Education
Abstract:
Creating a Learner-Centered Environment in Nursing Education
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2010
Author:Cooksey-James, Tawna, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Wright State University
Title:College of Nursing & Health
Contact Address:833 E. Schantz Ave., Dayton, OH, 45419, USA
Contact Telephone:937-723-7421
Co-Authors:D. Cooksey-James, , Wright State University, Dayton, OH;
A learner-centered environment employs strategic activities that focus on the learner instead of the teacher. WebCT is a technology that incorporates online access that enhances classroom discussions and eases obtainment of course materials. The use of WebCT, along with other strategic activities, may promote the learner-centered environment in nursing education. The purpose of this study was two-fold: 1) to explore the activities used to promote the learner-centered environment, and which included WebCT, and 2) to examine the use of WebCT, both from the learner's perspective. The research design was qualitative descriptive and the method used an open-ended written survey. Opinions were generated from two classes of nursing students taking a graduate level health policy class representing a broad range of clinical backgrounds and age groups. Data was analyzed using content analysis. Findings indicated an overall positive response to the use of WebCT, with individual responses specific to the activities used to promote a learner-centered environment. One challenge that emerged was the use of groups and the size of groups for various activities. Findings generated from these students indicated that while activities that included group work may not be appreciated during the working phase, it became a valued learning experience by students later. However, group size should be limited to no more than three students. Group sizes of four or more students presented multiple levels of difficulties for student learning. This finding stands in contrast to typical group sizes of five to ten per group. The use of WebCT as a technology to enhance the course was positively received by these graduate nursing students. The integration of WebCT as an adjunctive tool to other strategic activities appears to provide support for a learner-centered environment in nursing education.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCreating a Learner-Centered Environment in Nursing Educationen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160939-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Creating a Learner-Centered Environment in Nursing Education</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Cooksey-James, Tawna, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Wright State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing &amp; Health</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">833 E. Schantz Ave., Dayton, OH, 45419, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">937-723-7421</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">tawna.cooksey-james@wright.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">D. Cooksey-James, , Wright State University, Dayton, OH;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">A learner-centered environment employs strategic activities that focus on the learner instead of the teacher. WebCT is a technology that incorporates online access that enhances classroom discussions and eases obtainment of course materials. The use of WebCT, along with other strategic activities, may promote the learner-centered environment in nursing education. The purpose of this study was two-fold: 1) to explore the activities used to promote the learner-centered environment, and which included WebCT, and 2) to examine the use of WebCT, both from the learner's perspective. The research design was qualitative descriptive and the method used an open-ended written survey. Opinions were generated from two classes of nursing students taking a graduate level health policy class representing a broad range of clinical backgrounds and age groups. Data was analyzed using content analysis. Findings indicated an overall positive response to the use of WebCT, with individual responses specific to the activities used to promote a learner-centered environment. One challenge that emerged was the use of groups and the size of groups for various activities. Findings generated from these students indicated that while activities that included group work may not be appreciated during the working phase, it became a valued learning experience by students later. However, group size should be limited to no more than three students. Group sizes of four or more students presented multiple levels of difficulties for student learning. This finding stands in contrast to typical group sizes of five to ten per group. The use of WebCT as a technology to enhance the course was positively received by these graduate nursing students. The integration of WebCT as an adjunctive tool to other strategic activities appears to provide support for a learner-centered environment in nursing education.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:13:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:13:14Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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