Web-based teaching in nursing: lessons from the literature

Nurse Educ Today. 2004 Aug;24(6):452-8. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2004.04.010.


Many in nurse education have partially adopted the Internet as a pedagogical approach. This has highlighted serious contentious issues for educators. These include, pedagogical vs. technological approaches to teaching, face-to-face vs. online communication and classroom vs. online teaching. This paper attempts to reassure educators about this new Internet-based pedagogy, by applying traditional educational theories and discussions on curriculum to web-based teaching. In particular, cognitive learning theories such as constructivism and the process model of curriculum development are discussed. These provide a solid theoretical framework from which to expand the Internet-based pedagogical approach among those whose interest is the promotion of learning. The paper concludes with the implications of web-based teaching for the personal and professional development of nurse educators.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Distance / methods*
  • Education, Nursing / methods*
  • Faculty, Nursing / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Professional Role
  • Terminology as Topic