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J Nurs Educ. 2002 May;41(5):193-201.

Graduate nursing students' precourse and postcourse perceptions and preferences concerning completely web-based courses.

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Michigan State University College of Nursing, East Lansing 48825, USA.


Web-based nursing courses have proliferated rapidly in recent years, but few data are available about course outcomes. A pretest/posttest survey design of student perceptions and preferences was used to evaluate two graduate-level on-line nursing courses (required research and elective aging issues courses; N = 31 and N = 29, respectively) on the basis of Billings' outcomes evaluation framework for nursing Web-based courses. Students in both courses were favorable or at least neutral in their perceptions of outcomes at both pretest and posttest, but favorable shifts in perceptions also occurred from pretest to posttest. Most students remained stable in their preferences for format of instruction (on-line or classroom), and most favored an on-line format. Almost all students indicated they would take the course they took if they had the decision to make over again. Students who took the elective aging issues course had somewhat more favorable perceptions overall at posttest, compared to the required research course, but some differences were accounted for by pretest score differences between the groups. While outcomes were positive for both courses, the results also highlight specific needs for adequate socialization and support of students, particularly for first-year graduate students who are taking Web-based courses.

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