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Keywords

Attitude to computers, Computer-assisted instruction, Distance education, Distance learning, Nursing informatics

 

Authors

  1. SWEENEY, NANCY M. DNSc, RN
  2. SAARMANN, LEMBI EdD, RN
  3. SEIDMAN, ROBERT PhD
  4. FLAGG, JOAN PhD, RN

Abstract

Asynchronous online tutorials using PowerPoint slides with accompanying audio to teach practicing nurses about computers and nursing informatics were designed for this project, which awarded free continuing education units to completers. Participants had control over the advancement of slides, with the ability to repeat when desired. Graphics were kept to a minimum; thus, the program ran smoothly on computers using dial-up modems. The tutorials were marketed in live meetings and through e-mail messages on nursing listservs. Findings include that the enrollment process must be automated and instantaneous, the program must work from every type of computer and Internet connection, marketing should be live and electronic, and workshops should be offered to familiarize nurses with the online learning system.