Evaluating an Online Global Community of Practice: Student Nurse Experiences of a Cross-Cultural Blogging Activity

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621630
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Full-text
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Text-based Document
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Presentation
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Title:
Evaluating an Online Global Community of Practice: Student Nurse Experiences of a Cross-Cultural Blogging Activity
Other Titles:
Cultural Impact in Nursing Education
Author(s):
Wragg, Siobhan T.; Edgecombe, Nancy A.; Stephens, Moira
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Omicron Xi-at-Large
Author Details:
Siobhan T. Wragg, MSc, MEd, RN, Professional Experience: 2011 - present: Lecturer, University of Wollongong, School of Nursing. Teach, coordinate and assess subjects in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs: March 2004 – December 2004: Lecturer, Health & Social Care, Salisbury College of Further Education, Health & Care Program, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. 2000 – 2001: Lecturer & Clinical Facilitator, Adult & Paediatric Post Graduate Nephrology Nursing Program, Oman Nursing Institute, Muscat, Oman. 1996 – 2000: Clinical Nurse Educator, B Braun Aesculap/ B Braun Medical Ltd., Sheffield, UK. Awards, conference presentations and publications: Student mentoring, design of online teaching and eLearning activities, interactive and immersive classroom teaching and learning, nursing practice simulation and community engagement. Author Summary: Siobhan Wragg is a lecturer in nursing at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Siobhan teaches a variety of subjects in undergraduate and post-graduate programmes and coordinates subjects across 6 campuses from a remote location. Siobhan supports student equity, diversity and universal design for learning by adopting a wide range of online, virtual and face-to face environments to facilitate quality teaching and learning for domestic and international students.
Abstract:

Purpose:

Internationalization at Home, a concept developed in the Netherlands, enables students to have a global experience and engage with international students without leaving home (Teekens, 2015). The use of technology such as social media can provide a viable mechanism by which this can be achieved (Beleen & Jones, 2015; Chan & Nyback, 2015). Social media provides students with an opportunity to share ideas, develop digital communication skills and enrich their learning experience (Roland, Johnson & Swain, 2011; Schmitt, Sims-Giddens & Booth, 2012). The purpose of this project was to create an online community of practice using a blog to stimulate discussion between Canadian and Australian nursing students, focusing on culture and family.

Methods:

Australian and Canadian nursing students participated in an international, cross-cultural blog activity that provided an opportunity to engage with each other through a shared blog experience. This learning and teaching activity was imbedded within a Bachelor of Nursing subject at each University. This activity was expected to expand their knowledge through interaction with students from another country, learn about other cultures and share ideas. Questions were posted by faculty to stimulate student discussion related to culture and family. The students posted their response to the questions and replied to each other’s postings. Students who took part in the international blog were invited to evaluate the activity. The evaluation was in the form of an anonymous online questionnaire located within the respective schools eLearning platforms.

Results:

Preliminary results indicate that students found this to be a worthwhile learning activity. They were interested in exploring each others personal and professional experience of culture and family through discussion with students from another country. Students reported that the blog was a useful medium for an international learning experience, which they also enjoyed.

Conclusion:

Participating in the evaluation provided students with an opportunity to interact with nursing students from another country in a guided learning experience. Students then reflected on their blog experience and assisted instructors to identify the strengths and limitations of the learning activity, illuminate areas for improvement and determine if it would be worthwhile repeating in future. Communication through social media is fast becoming more relevant to nursing practice and the use of social media in nursing education will prepare students to effectively utilize social media and function in a global community of practice.

Keywords:
Internalization at Home; Nursing Education; Social Media
Repository Posting Date:
3-Jul-2017
Date of Publication:
3-Jul-2017
Other Identifiers:
INRC17B06
Conference Date:
2017
Conference Name:
28th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Dublin, Ireland
Description:
Event Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship

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dc.titleEvaluating an Online Global Community of Practice: Student Nurse Experiences of a Cross-Cultural Blogging Activityen_US
dc.title.alternativeCultural Impact in Nursing Educationen
dc.contributor.authorWragg, Siobhan T.en
dc.contributor.authorEdgecombe, Nancy A.en
dc.contributor.authorStephens, Moiraen
dc.contributor.departmentOmicron Xi-at-Largeen
dc.author.detailsSiobhan T. Wragg, MSc, MEd, RN, Professional Experience: 2011 - present: Lecturer, University of Wollongong, School of Nursing. Teach, coordinate and assess subjects in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs: March 2004 – December 2004: Lecturer, Health & Social Care, Salisbury College of Further Education, Health & Care Program, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. 2000 – 2001: Lecturer & Clinical Facilitator, Adult & Paediatric Post Graduate Nephrology Nursing Program, Oman Nursing Institute, Muscat, Oman. 1996 – 2000: Clinical Nurse Educator, B Braun Aesculap/ B Braun Medical Ltd., Sheffield, UK. Awards, conference presentations and publications: Student mentoring, design of online teaching and eLearning activities, interactive and immersive classroom teaching and learning, nursing practice simulation and community engagement. Author Summary: Siobhan Wragg is a lecturer in nursing at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Siobhan teaches a variety of subjects in undergraduate and post-graduate programmes and coordinates subjects across 6 campuses from a remote location. Siobhan supports student equity, diversity and universal design for learning by adopting a wide range of online, virtual and face-to face environments to facilitate quality teaching and learning for domestic and international students.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621630-
dc.description.abstract<p><strong>Purpose:</strong></p> <p>Internationalization at Home, a concept developed in the Netherlands, enables students to have a global experience and engage with international students without leaving home (Teekens, 2015). The use of technology such as social media can provide a viable mechanism by which this can be achieved (Beleen & Jones, 2015; Chan & Nyback, 2015). Social media provides students with an opportunity to share ideas, develop digital communication skills and enrich their learning experience (Roland, Johnson & Swain, 2011; Schmitt, Sims-Giddens & Booth, 2012). The purpose of this project was to create an online community of practice using a blog to stimulate discussion between Canadian and Australian nursing students, focusing on culture and family.</p> <p><strong>Methods:</strong></p> <p>Australian and Canadian nursing students participated in an international, cross-cultural blog activity that provided an opportunity to engage with each other through a shared blog experience. This learning and teaching activity was imbedded within a Bachelor of Nursing subject at each University. This activity was expected to expand their knowledge through interaction with students from another country, learn about other cultures and share ideas. Questions were posted by faculty to stimulate student discussion related to culture and family. The students posted their response to the questions and replied to each other’s postings. Students who took part in the international blog were invited to evaluate the activity. The evaluation was in the form of an anonymous online questionnaire located within the respective schools eLearning platforms.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong></p> <p>Preliminary results indicate that students found this to be a worthwhile learning activity. They were interested in exploring each others personal and professional experience of culture and family through discussion with students from another country. Students reported that the blog was a useful medium for an international learning experience, which they also enjoyed.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion:</strong></p> <p>Participating in the evaluation provided students with an opportunity to interact with nursing students from another country in a guided learning experience. Students then reflected on their blog experience and assisted instructors to identify the strengths and limitations of the learning activity, illuminate areas for improvement and determine if it would be worthwhile repeating in future. Communication through social media is fast becoming more relevant to nursing practice and the use of social media in nursing education will prepare students to effectively utilize social media and function in a global community of practice.</p>en
dc.subjectInternalization at Homeen
dc.subjectNursing Educationen
dc.subjectSocial Mediaen
dc.date.available2017-07-03T14:34:28Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-03-
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-03T14:34:28Z-
dc.conference.date2017en
dc.conference.name28th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationDublin, Irelanden
dc.descriptionEvent Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarshipen
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