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Benchmarking Best Practices in Web-Based Nursing Courses

Billings, Diane M. EdD, RN, FAAN; Connors, Helen R. PhD, RN; Skiba, Diane J. PhD

Advances in Nursing Science:
Teaching and Learning
Abstract

This article describes the framework and process to determine best practices in online learning communities for Web-based nursing courses. The benchmarks for best practices were determined based on evidence-based research in higher education. These quality indicators were then used to develop and pilot test a benchmarking survey across three state schools of nursing. The results of the pilot test, as well as the applications and implications for benchmarking best practices, are discussed

Author Information

Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Information Resources; Center for Teaching and Lifelong Learning; Indiana University School of Nursing; Indianapolis, Indiana

Associate Dean/Academic Affairs; University of Kansas School of Nursing; Kansas City, Kansas

Associate Dean for Informatics and Director, Academic Innovations; University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Denver, Colorado

The authors thank Robin Zuniga, Associate Director of the Flashlight Program of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group of the American Association of Higher Education, and Carla Mueller, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, St, Francis College of Nursing, for assistance in developing the benchmarking survey and analysis of the data.

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