An evidence-based process for the evaluation of teaching methods in nursing education, including classroom assignments, is not well described in the literature.
Nurse educators are familiar with evidence-based teaching but may be less knowledgeable about evidence-based methodologies to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching methods. Global measures of students' success, such as passing a licensing or certification examination, are often used as benchmarks for nursing education programs.
The authors suggest an evidence-based, 8-step evaluation process for evaluating the effectiveness of teaching methods. This process is demonstrated using simulation learning experiences in 2 courses in an advanced practice nursing education program.
The 8-step evaluation process was found to be effective for evaluating teaching methods within a graduate-level nursing education program.
The proposed evaluation process is applicable for evaluating teaching methods at all levels of nursing education. This systematic evaluation of teaching methods may ensure that students are engaged in learning activities leading to the attainment of assignment and course objectives.