THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES IN NURSING EDUCATION

Syllabus


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to provide the foundation for understanding theories, philosophies and strategies of teaching and learning that have influenced, and still influence, nursing education. Principles of adult education, teaching and learning theories, and strategies will be discussed. The three domains of learning: cognitive, affective and psychomotor in relation to nursing education will be explored throughout the course. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own methods of learning and develop their own philosophy of education. Ethical and legal issues as related to students in all different environments will be emphasized. This course sets the foundation for all of the other education courses in the curriculum.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Analyze the relationship between selected philosophies and theories of learning.
  2. Describe the theory of Andragogy and its influence on teaching the adult learner.
  3. Discuss the issues of teaching diverse student populations.
  4. Develop teaching strategies appropriate to a variety of learning theories.
  5. Analyze the role of the educator in a variety of settings.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

COURSE STRUCTURE

Theoretical Foundations and Instructional Strategies in Nursing Education is a three-credit online course, consisting of five (5) modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Students will be working online individually and in groups, and will be required to read and critique each other’s work to better understand the teaching, learning process. They will be required to lead one weekly group discussion. Students will compare two learning theories for effectiveness in teaching nursing in a particular setting. During this course, students will also analyze their own learning preferences and develop a philosophy of nursing education. In addition each student will create a lesson plan in an area of their expertise in nursing. Module titles are listed below:

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete written assignments. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in eleven (11) discussion forums.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete three (3)  written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

  1. The first written assignment, WA #1, is a paper called Learning Theories that is worth 20% of your grade.
  2. The second written assignment, WA #2, is a paper called Personal Learning Style that is worth 20% of your grade.
  3. The third written assignment, WA #3, is a paper called Critique of a Teaching Strategy that is worth 30% of your grade.

Student-led Discussion Forums

Students are required to develop, lead, and evaluate an online discussion forum. Depending on factors such as class size, the course mentor will determine if this will be completed individually or as part of a team.

Student-led discussions will take place in the Student-led Forum. The purpose and characteristics of this forum are as follows.

In cases where teams are being used for this activity, there will be a Team Discussion Forum available to assist the team in preparing the material they will be presenting. The purpose and characteristics of this forum are as follows.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All assignment will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

A–

=

90–92

B+

=

88–89

B

=

83–87

B–

=

80–82

C+

=

78–79

C

=

73–77

C–

=

70–72

D

=

60–69

F

=

Below 60

Course Grade Requirements by Program of Study

For courses taken in  Accelerated 2nd Degree Program  

Students enrolled in the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program must earn a grade of B- (80) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in BSN programs (RN-BSN)

Students enrolled in the BSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in MSN programs

Students enrolled in the MSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in Graduate Nursing Certificate Programs

Students enrolled in the graduate nursing certificate programs must earn a grade of B (83) or better for the course to be applied to program requirements.

LATENESS POLICY

Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points, (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points), or 5% of the total points, will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion Board assignments must be done in the week they are due, or points will be forfeited.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.

 

 

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

 

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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