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Nurse Educ Today. 2013 Jul;33(7):734-8. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.11.020. Epub 2012 Dec 20.

Preparing students for graduate study: an eLearning approach.

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George Washington University School of Nursing, Washington DC 20036, USA. cpintz@gwu.edu

Abstract

This paper describes the development and preliminary evaluation of an eLearning program intended to provide incoming nursing students with the basic knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed in graduate-level, online coursework. Using Mayer's principles (2008) for the effective design of multimedia instruction, an open-access, self-directed, online program was developed. The Graduate School Boot Camp includes five online modules focused on learning strategies and time management, academic writing, technology, research, and library skills. To motivate and engage learners, the program integrates a fun, graphical sports theme with audiovisual presentations, examples, demonstrations and practice exercises. Learners begin with a self-assessment based on the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire or MSLQ (Pintrich et al., 1993). To assess change in knowledge levels before and after completing the program, learners take a pre-test and post-test. Preliminary findings indicate that the students found the information relevant and useful. They enjoyed the self-paced, multimedia format, and liked the option to return to specific content later. This innovative program offers a way to prepare students proactively, and may prove useful in identifying students at risk and connecting them with the appropriate resources to facilitate successful program completion.

KEYWORDS:

Distance learning; E-Learning; Self-directed learning; Student retention

PMID:
23260619
DOI:
10.1016/j.nedt.2012.11.020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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