Technology Enhanced Learning Environments Bridging the Distance: Connecting, Learning, and Thinking Online

ID: 48542 Type: Virtual Paper
  1. Ruth Swart, University of Calgary, Canada

A supportive online community was created to facilitate critical thinking, inquiry, and reflection, purposed to cultivate collaborative learning relationships amongst undergraduate nursing students in their final year of the program. The technology enhanced discussion forum enabled asynchronous meetings for students in their final preceptored practice course, working variable hours in different time zones. This was a redesign of the regular face to face meeting course component. The physical distance between students and instructor necessitated the importance that the instructor’s presence online emanate approachability and set an environment of respect, authenticity, and engagement to promote active participation and shared learning. Students developed supportive, genuine, caring connections with each other online, giving and receiving encouragement and helpful feedback. They participated online in discussions and inquiry, collaboratively learned from sharing practice experiences, and

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