Nursing education is adopting e-learning and simulation experiences for the students. Two junior-level nursing students, Gene and Linda, are discussing the merits of this type of nursing-focused learning. What pros and cons will Gene identify associated with e-learning? How will Linda identify the different types of simulations and the impact they have on nursing education?
What pros and cons will Gene identify associated with e-learning?
The Pros and Cons of E-Learning
· Pro: Due to unpredictable work schedules, the flexibility of setting the own class schedule can be a major benefit of e-learning programs .
· Pro: It have more choice in schools because using e-learning it can enroll in classes at universities thousands of miles from your home
· Pro: E-learning can save money , Since Online classes are often less expensive than on-site classes
· Con: E-learning can't receive immediate feedback from your professors since its not like classroom setting.
· Con: It can be difficult to stay on task since stay dedicated to completing assignments on time is difficult to catch up.
· Con: E-learning have limited face-to-face interaction.
How will Linda identify the different types of simulations and the impact they have on nursing education?
- Simulation-based nursing education is an increasingly popular pedagogical approach. It provides nursing students with opportunities to practice their clinical and decision-making skills through various real-life situational experiences. However, simulation approaches fall along a continuum ranging from low-fidelity to high-fidelity simulation.
- Simulation is just one of many educational tools. As such, it's important to consider what kind of learning it's expected to produce. Research has shown that students often view simulation favorably, and anecdotal evidence suggests that they prefer simulations that are low-risk learning experiences to those that are high-stakes tests. In general, students feel that it promotes an environment for the improvement of self-confidence, knowledge, and skills Nonetheless, despite tremendous enthusiasm from students and many faculty members and community leaders, much is still unknown about how learning carries over from simulation to clinical practice. It's also unclear how much simulation is needed to produce learning outcomes and high-level performance in real practice, and how long learning through simulation persists.
- Many clinicians, educators, and leaders believe that simulation promotes patient safety and raises the quality of patient care when used for both the basic education of nurses and continuing-education purposes.