Nursing student's evaluation of a virtual classroom experience in support of their learning Bioscience

O'Flaherty, JA and Laws, TAC ORCID: 2014, 'Nursing student's evaluation of a virtual classroom experience in support of their learning Bioscience' , Nurse Education in Practice, 14 (6) , pp. 654-659.

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Face-to-face communication with students remains the gold standard in teaching; the effectiveness of this approach to learning is commonly and regularly assessed by students' evaluation of teaching and peer reviews of teaching. Critics note that increases in on-line education are driven more by economic forces than consistent evidence to show their long-term effectiveness or acceptance by students. Numerous studies report that students in higher education found their external studies comparatively more challenging than face-to-face delivery. Identifying how educators might best provide sufficient and effective personal support for students studying in the external mode continues to challenge educators. Opportunities do exist for blending on-line course work with synchronous interactions between students and their teachers but evaluations of these innovations rarely appear in the literature.

In this study, a web–based virtual classroom simulated the synchronous face-to-face discussions that occur between Bachelor of Nursing students and tutors. First year students enrolled externally in a biological science course interacted in a virtual classroom for 13 weeks completing an ‘evaluation of experience’ survey following their final assessment. A comparison was made between ‘on-campus’ and ‘external to campus’ students to determine the relationship between i) overall satisfaction with the course and ii) final grades, as well as their experience of the virtual class.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Education in Practice
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1471-5953
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Depositing User: Dr Tom Laws
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 14:55
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 14:05

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