A Comparison of Web-Enhanced vs Traditional Classroom Teaching in Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Education

Deborah J. Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM


Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2008;8(3) 

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The changes in education that are propelling campuses toward more and more online courses will not be going away. The demand for online courses and programs will continue to grow. Students will continue to desire online courses for convenience and the ability to "stuff" education into their already busy lives.

However, is this the best way to educate students? This course evaluation indicated that students in a WHNP major tended to learn more and be better prepared when faced with the active learning styles presented in a Web-enhanced course, but many of these students preferred being able to meet with other students and professors in the classroom. The social contact was a very important part of their learning. They also found the passive lecture format of the classroom to be easier. As more courses move toward being online, ways to provide this social interaction and individual contact with other students and professors must be found. Online courses must be evaluated to ensure that content is being learned. Research in the area of online learning needs to be a priority as this way of teaching and learning continues to grow.


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