Statistics reveal that online education continues to expand in significant numbers throughout higher education. Nursing education must evolve and incorporate instructional technologies to meet the needs of the new era of tech-savvy students. An important aspect to consider for online and nursing education is creating and fostering a strong sense of community among students. Establishing a sense of community builds relationships among nursing students, assists in developing a comfort level with online course technology, is conducive to learning, and encourages reflection on learning possibilities. It has been established that online threaded discussions can encourage the growth of a learning community that allows students to learn through the viewpoint of others, enhance interaction for knowledge acquisition and application while allowing students to be exposed to multiple perspectives. This presentation reviews best practices in building online communities.
Smith, RN, MSN, Kellie, "Fostering Community of Relationships via Online Discussion" (2009). College of Nursing Faculty Papers & Presentations. Paper 37.