Teaching Health Professionals Online
174 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Release Date:01 Jan 2014

Teaching Health Professionals Online

Frameworks and Strategies

Athabasca University Press
Teaching Health Professionals Online: Frameworks andStrategies is a must-read for professionals in the health carefield who strive to deliver excellence in their online classes.Intended for a wide range of professionals, including nurses, socialworkers, occupational and radiation therapists, chiropractors,dietitians, and dental hygienists, this compendium of teachingstrategies will inspire both new and experienced instructors in thehealth professions. In addition to outlining creative, challengingactivities with step-by-step directions and explanations of why theywork, each chapter in the text situates practice within the context ofcontemporary educational theories such as instructional immediacy,invitational theory, constructivism, connectivism, transformativelearning, and quantum learning theory. Melrose, Park, and Perry alsoaddress other issues familiar to those who have taught online courses.How can a distance instructor build teacher-student relationships? Howdoes one transform the assumptions often held by students in the healthfields from the confines of the virtual classroom? Most importantly,how can the instructor support his or her students in their futurepursuits of knowledge and their development as competent professionals?By considering these and other concerns, this handbook aims to helpinstructors increase student success and satisfaction, which, theauthors hope, will ultimately produce the best possible patient care.

Sherri Melrose, Caroline Park, andBeth Perry teach in the Faculty of Health Disciplinesat Athabasca University. Melrose has published widely on educatinghealth professionals and is a winner of the Canadian Association ofSchools of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Education. Parkdeveloped her first online nursing course for the University ofManitoba in 1997 and has subsequently developed and taught many coursesfor Athabasca University. Perry is currently principal investigator ofa SSHRC-funded study that explores how artistic pedagogicaltechnologies influence interaction, social presence, and community inthe online post-secondary classroom.

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