Most online nursing courses include discussion forums for students to participate in discussions with each other and with the instructor. To what extent should nursing faculty engage in those discussions? Claywell et al conducted a study to answer that question. They examined the relationship between the participation of nursing faculty in online discussions and student satisfaction and perceived learning. The study included 280 online course sections. Here are 2 of their findings: RN-BSN students prefer a medium level of faculty participation, whereas MSN student satisfaction and perceived learning increase with higher levels of faculty participation. This is a must-read article if you are teaching online or plan to. Have you been involved in discussions with colleagues about whether to take class attendance? In a study reported in this issue, class attendance was positively associated with final course grades. Many faculty have developed teaching strategies to prepare students for their role in improving quality and safety in health care. Lee et al describe a teaching method to help students gain competency in handoff. Many schools continue to have a faculty shortage. Three schools in rural Maryland collaborated to facilitate the transition of expert clinicians to clinical teachers in specialty areas with critical shortages. Other articles in this issue present guidelines to promote academic integrity during classroom examinations, lessons learned from multisite nursing education studies, RN students' perceptions of differences in practice between ADN- and BSN-prepared nurses, and a study on nursing faculty preparation for teaching autism spectrum disorders. A goal of Nurse Educator is to introduce new ideas you can use for your teaching. This issue meets that goal: authors present teaching strategies on using standardized patients to enhance simulations of medication administration for beginning students, an innovative teaching strategy for learning about culture, collaborative testing for NCLEX enrichment, a team based learning initiative with medical and nursing students, how you can prepare students for assessing patients' spirituality, and more. Enjoy reading these articles and then try out these strategies in your own courses and schools of nursing.
Marilyn Oermann, Editor-in-Chief