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ERIC Number: EJ941261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 0
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1556-3847
A Mixed Model Design Study of RN to BS Distance Learning:Survey of Graduates' Perceptions of Strengths and Challenges
Lock, Leonard K.; Schnell, Zoanne; Pratt-Mullen, Jerrilynn
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v14 n3 Fall 2011
This article reports on findings from a survey administered to graduates of a distance learning RN-to-BS completion program. A questionnaire was constructed to examine graduate experiences and perceptions regarding distance learning formats, course content, time management, student empowerment, and program support. A total of 251 surveys were distributed and 82 useable surveys collected for analysis. The survey included demographic, quantitative, and qualitative items. Analysis of variance and correlations were used to examine quantitative and demographic data. The qualitative item responses were coded, with interrater agreement ranging from 0.83 to 0.93. The pattern of results were compared with the literature and supported: (a) the salience of online RN to BS program delivery, especially related to candidate employment during the educational process; (b) the importance of linking practice and theory; (c) the relevance of blending and "psychological presence" (Shin, 2003); and (d) the empowerment engendered in the student to seek online learning opportunities beyond RN-to-BS completion nursing courses for lifelong learning. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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