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University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Members Write Book on Developing Online Learning Environments for Nursing

August 27, 2013

DSC_1845-webBaltimore, Md. – Four University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members played instrumental roles in writing the third edition of Developing Online Learning Environments in Nursing Education. The nurse educator’s handbook was written and edited by UMSON’s Carol O’Neil, PhD, RN, CNE, associate professor; Matthew Rietschel, MS, director, Educational Strategies and assistant professor; and the National Institutes of Health’s Cheryl Fisher, MSN, RN, informatics/e-learning manager. Other contributors from UMSON were Susan Bindon, DNP, assistant professor, and Kathleen Buckley, PhD, RN, IBCLC, associate professor.

Developing Online Learning Environments in Nursing Education teaches nurses how to develop, instruct, and manage online courses. This best-selling nurse educator’s handbook teaches nurse educators how to properly use online teaching tools and assess results, while keeping pace with the ever-changing landscape of digital learning.

“A third edition of the book was necessary to keep up with the velocity in which online learning environments change,” Rietschel said. “It is a major revision from the previous version that updates readers on the understanding and application of learning theory, including cutting-edge technologies, blended learning, and new areas on the role of staff development education.”

The previous edition was released in 2008. The third edition has been updated to present several new interactive digital tools and current guidelines in translating courses from the classroom to an online setting. It provides a roadmap to new Web-based learning theories and how to optimally teach students using the latest technology. This edition also provides new information on staff development and the role of the staff development educator, guides instructors on how to build an online community, and includes practical, proven measures for student assessment and evaluation in online education.

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling nearly 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment