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
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.