181245 Teaching and technology? Yikes!

Monday, October 27, 2008: 2:30 PM

Mary Ann Drake, RN, PhD , Nursing, Webster University, Saint Louis, MO
What is the role that instructional media and technology play in enhancing student learning? Technology can certainly strengthen teaching. A grant provided faculty resources to evaluate an undergraduate Community Health Nursing course and build technology into current teaching. Pedagogical issues addressed within the course were time (eight week terms), depth of clinical experiences, clinical interviews, clinical narratives, and community assessment skills,.

Courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum are offered in an eight week format. This particular format is very successful with the adult learner and attracts many registered nurses to the BSN completion program. Though successful, one of the weaknesses of this type of format is the ability to provide meaningful clinical experiences over a shortened time period. This calls for some creative teaching methodologies, as clinical practice is an essential piece of what we do as nurses and an important piece to do well in nursing education.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explore available technology to strengthen public health nursing courses. 2. Illustrate the use of photoshop and macromedia flash to build on current public health nursing curriculum.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Current public health nursing educator
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.