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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/211499
Type:
Research Study
Title:
IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY IN TWO DIVERSE COURSES
Abstract:
In recent years there has been a call for a paradigm shift in nursing education. The traditional model of teacher centered andragogy and focus on covering content has become insufficient with the continuous growth of biomedical and nursing knowledge. Nursing faculty have been encouraged to decenter content and create a place for discourse between students and faculty to foster reflection and a deeper understanding of the patient’s experience. Four faculty teaching two diverse courses set out to implement and evaluate using a web based virtual community in an effort to meet the needs of the students in this changing educational environment. The faculty chose to use The Neighborhood (developed by Jean Giddens, PhD, RN and distributed by Pearson Health Science), a virtual community that features a wide range of health and psychosocial issues experienced by individual characters, families, and the community as a whole. Unfolding cases allow for discourse between students and faculty regarding the students’ clinical judgment for assessment and intervention, along with higher level considerations such as the meaning of illness and how health impacts a person’s family and community. This virtual community gives the students experience in relationship based care and understanding the patient within the context of his/her situation. The virtual community was adopted in two nursing courses: Advanced Physiological Nursing and Population Health Promotion in a Multicultural Context. The former course challenged students to follow subtle changes in the characters’ symptoms to develop a longitudinal view of the patients’ health and experience. This allowed students to use their clinical judgment in identifying assessments and interventions at various points in the illness trajectory. With a focus on population health promotion and cultural competence in diverse and vulnerable populations, the latter course used the virtual community to explore the needs, resources, and potential areas for intervention at a community level. Outcome evaluation will focus on investigating this program’s impact on student learning and whether this pedagogical strategy enhanced student engagement with the material. Students will complete a survey using previously validated questions developed by the Teaching, Learning, and Technology group. These questions will assess student outcomes and satisfaction associated with the use of technology enhanced andragogy. Focus group interviews will elicit student perceptions of their engagement with the material, the influence of the virtual community on clinical reasoning skills, and how The Neighborhood impacted their comfort in the clinical environment. It is our hope that using a virtual community will promote student engagement and foster the development of clinical judgment using an innovative, learner-centered approach.
Keywords:
Nursing education reform
Repository Posting Date:
20-Feb-2012
Date of Publication:
20-Feb-2012
Other Identifiers:
5316
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typeResearch Studyen_GB
dc.titleIMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY IN TWO DIVERSE COURSESen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/211499-
dc.description.abstractIn recent years there has been a call for a paradigm shift in nursing education. The traditional model of teacher centered andragogy and focus on covering content has become insufficient with the continuous growth of biomedical and nursing knowledge. Nursing faculty have been encouraged to decenter content and create a place for discourse between students and faculty to foster reflection and a deeper understanding of the patient’s experience. Four faculty teaching two diverse courses set out to implement and evaluate using a web based virtual community in an effort to meet the needs of the students in this changing educational environment. The faculty chose to use The Neighborhood (developed by Jean Giddens, PhD, RN and distributed by Pearson Health Science), a virtual community that features a wide range of health and psychosocial issues experienced by individual characters, families, and the community as a whole. Unfolding cases allow for discourse between students and faculty regarding the students’ clinical judgment for assessment and intervention, along with higher level considerations such as the meaning of illness and how health impacts a person’s family and community. This virtual community gives the students experience in relationship based care and understanding the patient within the context of his/her situation. The virtual community was adopted in two nursing courses: Advanced Physiological Nursing and Population Health Promotion in a Multicultural Context. The former course challenged students to follow subtle changes in the characters’ symptoms to develop a longitudinal view of the patients’ health and experience. This allowed students to use their clinical judgment in identifying assessments and interventions at various points in the illness trajectory. With a focus on population health promotion and cultural competence in diverse and vulnerable populations, the latter course used the virtual community to explore the needs, resources, and potential areas for intervention at a community level. Outcome evaluation will focus on investigating this program’s impact on student learning and whether this pedagogical strategy enhanced student engagement with the material. Students will complete a survey using previously validated questions developed by the Teaching, Learning, and Technology group. These questions will assess student outcomes and satisfaction associated with the use of technology enhanced andragogy. Focus group interviews will elicit student perceptions of their engagement with the material, the influence of the virtual community on clinical reasoning skills, and how The Neighborhood impacted their comfort in the clinical environment. It is our hope that using a virtual community will promote student engagement and foster the development of clinical judgment using an innovative, learner-centered approach.en_GB
dc.subjectNursing education reformen_GB
dc.date.available2012-02-20T11:58:43Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-20T11:58:43Z-
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-20T11:58:43Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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