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December 1999


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A web-based research course for graduate nursing students was developed, implemented, and evaluated for academic and satisfactions outcomes. A collaborative paradigm was utilized in designing the course to increase successful attainment of the graduate nursing program’s goal of a complete online graduate nursing MSN program. This web-based research course with 24 enrolled students was compared to an identical classroom based research course with 20 enrolled students. Areas of evaluation were academic outcomes of overall numerical course grades, satisfaction with course scores, and qualitative data on satisfaction of course. Results of this descriptive exploratory study demonstrated no statistically significant differences between the academic outcomes of these two groups of students. Both groups were satisfied with the course, however there was a statistically significant difference in mean satisfaction scores for the research courses. Further investigation of environmental factors will need to be done to determine the significance of differences in satisfaction outcomes.