A Quality Framework for Producing Clinically Competent Nurses Through Distance Education

Judith Hurst (j.a.bentall@city.ac.uk)
Dr Susannah Quinsee (s.quinsee@city.ac.uk)
E Learning Unit, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, U.K. (http://www.city.ac.uk/is/elearning)


This paper considers the challenges of attempting to apply national quality standards for distance education onto online programmes designed for clinical practitioners. It addresses some of the quality frameworks available for UK Higher Education and their potential weaknesses in addressing learner needs. In contrast, we continue by describing how a framework constructed around a problem-based learning (PBL) approach has been used at City University to offer a more appropriate and robust mechanism for ensure quality standards in clinical practice education. The PBL approach offers adult learners a flexible and responsive method of learning whilst simultaneously meeting national quality guidelines.

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e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, MOOCs, ICT, information and communication technology, collaborative learning, internet, interaction, learning management system, LMS,

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