Designing and Teaching Online Courses in Nursing

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Designing and Teaching Online Courses in Nursing

SKU# 9780826134080

Author: Sally Kennedy PhD, APRN, FNP, CNE

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Despite astronomical growth in the number of online nursing programs currently available, little support is provided for faculty on how to teach in this environment. While most assume that the knowledge and skills required for classroom teaching are readily translatable to teaching online, significant differences exist. Characteristics unique to the online environment promote reflection and engagement with the content in a deep and meaningful way that factors in adult students’ strengths as self-directed, motivated, and goal-driven learners. This resource provides step-by-step instructions for RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, master's, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and PhD faculty on how to teach online effectively, engage students, and foster success for both student and teacher.

Designing and Teaching Online Courses in Nursing offers practical information on every aspect of teaching an online course. Foundational educational theories and concepts, including new insights from cognitive psychology, are explained and linked in such a way that operationalizing them during course design makes good sense. The core sections of the text focus on online course design, including drafting course objectives and a syllabus and crafting discussion questions or cases. Key to teaching an online course is understanding and being comfortable with facilitation strategies to maintain a balance between being present in the course and not getting in the way of learning. Worksheets with guiding questions, discussion tracking tools, and other instructor resources will assist readers in developing the best approach for designing and teaching a specific online course.


  • Provides online worksheets to guide each step of the process of designing and teaching a course online
  • Includes best practices in online education and the latest research
  • Features the outcomes-based approach of Wiggins and McTighe, reconceptualized for online course development
  • Recaps key points in Take-Away summaries at the end of each chapter

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 20, 2017
  • Page Count 324
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826134080
  • EISBN 9780826134097

About The Author(s) 

Sally Kennedy, PhD, APRN, FNP, CNE, is a semi-retired lifelong learner who is committed to reforming online education. She recently retired as an assistant professor to pursue consulting and writing. Dr. Kennedy has been a nurse for more than 40 years, with most of her career spent in clinical practice as a nurse practitioner. When she began teaching nurse practitioner students 20 years ago, she became enthralled with teaching methods and subsequently pursued a doctorate in online education with a specialization in online instructional design. Along the way, Dr. Kennedy was introduced to problem-based learning (PBL), realized its potential for clinical nursing education, and subsequently led faculty in the transition from a master’s-level, classroom-based PBL curriculum to an online program, which U.S. News & World Report recognized as number one among online graduate nursing programs.

Table of Contents 




1. Our Learners and How They Learn

2. Concepts and Theories to Support Teaching and Learning

3. Backward Design and Elements of Course Design

4. Writing Behavioral Objectives

5. Rethinking Teaching and Assessments

6. Case-Based Authentic Teaching and Assessment

7. Writing Engaging Discussion Questions

8. Effective Online Testing With Multiple-Choice Questions

9. Grading and the Rubric

10. Presence in an Online Course

11. Facilitation Strategies and Pearls

12. Online Interface Design and Course Management

13. Tips for Converting a Classroom-Based Course to the Online Environment

Appendix: Curriculum Design Templates