CYBER Classrooms: Building Christian Community
With electronic learning and distance education on the rise, nurse educators and students face unique challenges in the learning environment. What happens to the interactive, energetic community of learners when you lose the visual, verbal and non-verbal cues that are a part of face-to-face, classroom communication? Is it possible to develop community in on-line distance education, especially Christian community? How important is community to learning? For four years we have wrestled with the challenge to teach graduate nursing students on-line. Our context is a Christian university with a nursing department whose mission is to provide leadership in nursing education, scholarship and practice in a way that reflects a Christ-like presence. We teach a number of on-line courses related to the nurse-educator role and have wondered how to build the togetherness that occurs in the traditional classroom and blooms into exciting learning moments for students and teachers.
Nursing; Graduate School
Journal of Christian Nursing
Meyer, Kimberly R. and Wessman, Joann P., "CYBER Classrooms: Building Christian Community" (2005). Nursing Faculty Publications. 58.