Teaching Health Professionals Online 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. The authors 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.
About the authors
Sherri Melrose has been an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University for twenty years. She is a winner of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Education and the Western and Northern Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Educational Innovation Award.
Caroline Park retired from Athabasca University at the end of 2019. She had been with the Master of Nursing and Health Studies Programs since its inception twenty years earlier. She has practiced and taught in many settings in Canada, the US and Britain, including fourteen years in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.
Beth Perry is a professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University. She is a co-author of Teaching Health Professionals Online (2013), Centring Human Connections in the Education of Health Professionals (2020) and the author of More Moments in Time: Images of Exemplary Nursing (2009).