Teaching and LearningBenchmarking Best Practices in Web-Based Nursing CoursesBillings, Diane M., EdD, RN, FAAN; Connors, Helen R., PhD, RN; Skiba, Diane J., PhDAuthor 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. Advances in Nursing Science: March 2001 - Volume 23 - Issue 3 - p 41-52 Buy 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 Copyright © 2001 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.