Nursing and midwifery educators teaching postgraduate online courses: a cross-sectional survey

Ahern, Tracey, and Biedermann, Narelle (2022) Nursing and midwifery educators teaching postgraduate online courses: a cross-sectional survey. Teaching and learning in nursing, 17 (2). pp. 185-190.

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Abstract

Online learning is not a new phenomenon, and with the increasing availability of digital applications and platforms, many Australian universities are shifting some, if not all learning, online. This mixed methods study explored the experiences and perceived needs of educators teaching postgraduate nursing courses entirely online in any university in Australia within the past five years. This paper reports the quantitative findings. Results revealed several challenges faced by experienced face-to-face teachers who transition to online teaching. Preparing and teaching online was perceived as taking up more time than teaching face-to-face by 89% of participants and perceived as challenging by 76.6% of participants. More than half the participants perceived their role as isolating (55.3%) and reported needing increased support (66.7%) and additional training (65.9%). Specific approaches to address these challenges with the aim of increasing role confidence, job satisfaction and retention of quality online nursing educators are offered.

Item ID: 71298
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1557-2013
Keywords: faculty development, faculty experience, nursing faculty, online education, postgraduate nursing education, teaching learning strategies
Copyright Information: © 2021 Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. The Author Accepted Manuscript is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives Licence.
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2022 02:26
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 25%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4204 Midwifery > 420499 Midwifery not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160303 Teacher and instructor development @ 100%
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