Course development for web-based nursing education programs

Vicki A. Schnetter, Darlene Lacy, Melinda Mitchell Jones, Khadija Bakrim, Patricia E. Allen, Cynthia O'Neal

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Developing and launching online programs requires nurse educators to reframe content and rethink traditional teaching methodologies. Creating a framework for course design and standardization of templates can result in online learning that is student centered while allowing the institution to scale up enrollment with quality education at the core. This article explores the considerations needed for effective, interactive online course delivery in nursing education. Working in conjunction with other university technology stakeholders, nurse educators can select the learning management system with the features that will work best for the program, develop the course structure and organization through adherence to template rules for both syllabi and course modules, and develop appropriate learning activities to assure student exposure to content identified in the course objectives. With these structure pieces in place process becomes the second focus for nurse educators in online programs. Process activities for active engagement are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-640
Number of pages6
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Course content
  • Course development
  • Educational technology
  • Learning environment
  • Nursing education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Nursing


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