Using online learning in a traditional face-to-face environment

Comput Nurs. Jan-Feb 2002;20(1):23-30.


A model for designing online learning was developed and implemented in a Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing course using online and face-to-face methodologies. The combination of online and face-to-face learning modalities may help the student who is a novice Internet explorer or seasoned Web navigator by offering technological support as well as providing constant in-person feedback regarding course requirements. The face-to-face component facilitates a sense of community and peer support that sometimes is lacking in an entirely online course. During the 2 semesters this model was used, students expressed satisfaction with having the course facilitator/professor physically available for consultation and advisement. Evaluation of this online/on-site course is ongoing and uses computer-administered qualitative questionnaires, a facilitator-moderated focus group, and Likert-type course evaluations.

MeSH terms

  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires