Online Learning Update

September 29, 2011

Learning Outcomes Associated with Group Assignments

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Carol Schmer, Peggy Ward-Smith, Jane Peterson; Merlot JOLT

A research study was conducted to determine if required participation in group assignments impacted learning outcomes in a nursing theory course. Students enrolled in a required online masters level nursing theory course completed course assignments individually, or within groups, dependent upon the course section. The data collected consisted of responses on a non-graded multiple item test intended to assess knowledge related to nursing theory content, administered after course completion and grade notification, and self-disclosed demographic data. Data were collected from 23 volunteer graduate nursing students. Results demonstrated theory knowledge is not affected by group assignments as long as the course content is consistent, learning outcomes are not affected.

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