Teaching Health Professionals Online: Frameworks and
Strategies is a must-read for professionals in the health care
field who strive to deliver excellence in their online classes.
Intended for a wide range of professionals, including nurses, social
workers, occupational and radiation therapists, chiropractors,
dietitians, and dental hygienists, this compendium of teaching
strategies will inspire both new and experienced instructors in the
health professions. In addition to outlining creative, challenging
activities with step-by-step directions and explanations of why they
work, each chapter in the text situates practice within the context of
contemporary educational theories such as instructional immediacy,
invitational theory, constructivism, connectivism, transformative
learning, and quantum learning theory. Melrose, Park, and Perry also
address other issues familiar to those who have taught online courses.
How can a distance instructor build teacher-student relationships? How
does one transform the assumptions often held by students in the health
fields from the confines of the virtual classroom? Most importantly,
how can the instructor support his or her students in their future
pursuits of knowledge and their development as competent professionals?
By considering these and other concerns, this handbook aims to help
instructors increase student success and satisfaction, which, the
authors hope, will ultimately produce the best possible patient care.
Sherri Melrose, Caroline Park, and Beth Perry teach in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University. Melrose has published widely on educating health professionals and is a winner of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Education. Park developed her first online nursing course for the University of Manitoba in 1997 and has subsequently developed and taught many courses for Athabasca University. Perry is currently principal investigator of a SSHRC-funded study that explores how artistic pedagogical technologies influence interaction, social presence, and community in the online post-secondary classroom.