Orient Me: Transitioning to the Online Learning Environment

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Orient Me: Transitioning to the Online Learning Environment Melissa Meeker Dr. Kelli Whittington Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe

Objectives Examine the impact of an online and face-toface orientation to assist students in their transition to an online nursing environment. Compare and contrast the online and faceto-face models for assisting students in online learning. Explore the online model used at McKendree University

Online Program RN to BSN Program MSN Program Dual MSN/MBA Educator Manager Palliative Care

Literature Review Online learners “must feel a sense of comfort that will enable them to participate in the online environment” (McQuaid, 2010, p. 190). Gilmore & Lyons (2012) found that a mandatory face-to-face orientation reduced attrition from 20% to 1%.

Literature Review According to Gilmore and Lyons (2012), “a quality online program requires a welldesigned orientation” (p. 45)

Orientation 2012 2013 Mandatory Elective UNI 105 was First face-to-face designed for the RN orientation at each of to BSN students our three campuses UNI 505 was designed for the MSN students

Online Orientation- Melissa Meeker Online orientation

Face to Face OrientationDr. Kelli D. Whittington -Meet & Greet format -Based on student request -Invitations -All Faculty -Multiple Staff -IT PowToon

Summary Valuable information can be provided to students in the orientation process Orientation is vital to the success of online learners Retention can be enhanced with a strong orientation

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References Gilmore, M. & Lyons, E. M. (2012). Nursing 911: An orientation program to improve retention of online RN-BSN students. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(1), 45-47. McQuaid, J. W. (2010). Using cognitive load to evaluate participation and design of an asynchronous course. The American Journal of Distance Education, 24, 177-197. doi: 101080/08923647.2010.519949

References Reilly, J. R., Gallagher-Lepak, S. & Killion, C. (2012). “Me and my computer”: Emotional factors in online learning. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(2), 100-105.

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