Students' perceptions of online learning: implications for teaching

Nurse Educ. 2004 May-Jun;29(3):111-5. doi: 10.1097/00006223-200405000-00009.


Using the Internet to deliver nursing courses via distance education can facilitate learning on demand and promote learner-centered instruction. The authors describe 20 graduate nursing students' experiences with online learning. Students learn through reflection, exploration, use of critical thinking, interacting with others, sharing of information, and using resources. Key points of students' experiences with online learning were consistent with the Constructivism Theory. Implications for improving teaching are based upon the Constructivism Theory and include strategies for identifying learning goals and conditions for learning, as well as planning and implementing various methods of instruction.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Attitude to Computers
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / standards*
  • Education, Nursing, Graduate / standards*
  • Faculty, Nursing / organization & administration
  • Focus Groups
  • Goals
  • Humans
  • Internet / standards*
  • Midwestern United States
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Online Systems / standards*
  • Personal Construct Theory
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychology, Educational
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Teaching / methods
  • Teaching / standards