Distance education offers students a convenient path to education. It is a way of learning that does not require a face-to-face interaction. The course curriculum for distance education can be given to the learner in two forms. Instruction can either be totally distance or hybrid which can be a combination of classroom and distance learning. There are issues that can affect this type of education such as technology and communication. This discussion will further examine the issue regarding the use of technology and its impact on distance education for nursing educators.
Nursing educators have the ability to fill a unique role in the nursing profession. Nursing and education are two separate disciplines yet they…show more content… The student’s information is at risk each time a file from a message, hyperlink or image is accessed. To address such a challenge the instructor needs to make sure that all communication is on a secured hypertext transport protocol site. This authentication is provided by the institution that the educator is affiliated with and it ensures that communication between the student and the instructor is on a secured network regardless of the browsers and servers used.
A second challenge is the knowing the information technology proficiency level of the student. The instructor designs a high quality curriculum but is unable to fully gauge how successful the student will be able to navigate through the course content and internet search engines. One way to overcome this challenge is to use an assessment tool on students at the beginning of the course. One such tool is the new technology and nursing students learning styles. “The tool was designed and developed to identify digital literacy and learning preferences it is a literature based, researcher developed instrument that assesses students' learning preferences and style in relation to emerging technologies” (Christodoulou,…show more content… (2015). The test - retest reliability and pilot testing of the "new technology and nursing students' learning styles" questionnaire. International Journal of Caring Sciences, 8(3), 567-576. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.cuw.ezproxy.switchinc.org/docview/1732805929?accountid=10249
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