What Can Faculty Members and Programs Do to Improve Students' Learning?

Gaudine, Alice P. and Moralejo, Donna G. (2011) What Can Faculty Members and Programs Do to Improve Students' Learning? ISRN Nursing. pp. 1-6. ISSN 2090-5491

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Purpose. To understand what faculty members can do to improve students' learning, we explored (1) program and course characteristics important to students, (2) choices within courses students feel are important, and (3) students' perceptions of learning online. Background. Web delivery alters interactions among students and faculty, thereby changing the learning environment. Methods. Master of Nursing students currently enrolled in one graduate program were invited to participate in a web-based survey. Findings. The students valued (1) frequent feedback and interaction with the instructor, (2) organized, structured, and current content, (3) flexibility in deadlines and participation, (4) seamless navigation and technical support, and (5) choices in assignments. Students perceived their learning in online courses as less than if they had taken the course on campus. Conclusions. Professors can address some of the items identified by students as important, such as being flexible with due dates and expectations for participation in online discussion.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/614
Item ID: 614
Additional Information: Memorial University Open Access Author’s Fund
Department(s): Nursing, Faculty of
Date: 2 August 2011
Date Type: Submission

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