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Graduate nursing students, Learning strategies, Online learning, Teaching strategies, Web-enhanced courses



  1. Harlan, Melissa Dawn DNP, RN, ACNS-BC
  2. Rosenzweig, Margaret Quinn PhD, CRNP-C, AOCN, FAAN
  3. Hoffmann, Rosemary Labarbera PhD, RN, CNL


Background: Advanced and continuing education is essential for maintaining competence. Graduate students have shown an increase in online course enrollment, and similar trends are anticipated among nurses with limited access to on-site education due to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. Faculty must utilize preferred teaching/learning strategies to provide high-quality online education courses that engage learners and improve outcomes.


Objectives: This study assessed preferred teaching/learning strategies for graduate students enrolled in at least 1 asynchronous nursing course. Correlational data assessed the relationship between preferred teaching/learning strategies and selected demographic information.


Methods: All graduate nursing students enrolled in at least 1 asynchronous course at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing during a 3-month period were invited to participate in a survey to assess preferred teaching/learning methods.


Results: Sixty-six graduate students completed the survey. Most participants were comfortable with computer skills, had previously enrolled in a web-enhanced course, and did not enjoy group work. Preferred teaching/learning strategies included voice-over PowerPoints, simulation, case studies, guest speakers, and faculty communication.


Conclusion: Preferred teaching/learning strategies that incorporate asynchronous and synchronous learning should be developed. These strategies will enhance the knowledge base of nurses in all settings and populations.