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Engaging Students with Difficult Content Online


Teaching courses with content that students may not perceive as directly applicable to their chosen profession or field of study is always challenging. It is even more challenging when the course has to be delivered online without any face to face contact. It requires creativity, determination and patience to engage students in the learning activities and change their attitudes. This session discusses the implementation of authentic learning strategies in an applied technology in healthcare course, the process of evaluative data collection and the dissemination of results and best practices.

About the Facilitators

Joan Culley is an associate professor at the University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing. For the past twenty years she has been involved with distance and online education. She has over twenty-eight years of experience teaching graduate courses in informatics and undergraduate theory and clinical courses in nursing fundamentals, acute and chronic care nursing, leadership, community health, public health and emergency preparedness. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona with a major in Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Systems and a BS degree in nursing from West Virginia University.

Vera Polyakova-Norwood is the Director of Online Learning in the College of Nursing, where she assists faculty with design, development, implementation and evaluation of online courses, modules and activities. She has led numerous workshops on technology-based teaching and learning for USC faculty and graduate students.

This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. 

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