Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Nursing students' perceptions of presence in online courses
by Van Schyndel, Jennie L., Ph.D., Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, 2015, 211; 3737835
Abstract (Summary)

Lack of presence in online courses can result in perceived isolation leading to student dissatisfaction with the learning experience. The purpose of this study was to measure nursing students’ perceived extent of teaching, social and cognitive presence and course satisfaction in an online undergraduate nursing course, and whether relationships and associations existed between the three presences, course satisfaction, student demographic, academic, and technology variables, and selected instructional strategies.

The Community of Inquiry theory was the framework used in this descriptive correlational study of RN-BSN students (n= 76). Variables were measured using the Community of Inquiry Survey and the Perceived Student Satisfaction Scale instruments, and a researcher developed survey.

Findings indicated students’ perceived teaching and cognitive presence were present to a greater extent than social presence. Significant positive correlations (p < .01) were found between teaching and cognitive presence (r =.79), cognitive and social presence (r =.64), teaching and social presence (r =.52), satisfaction and the teaching (r =.77), social (r =.63), and cognitive (r =.52) presences. There were no significant findings associated with age, ethnicity, race, number of online courses taken, expected course grade or GPA and perceptions of the three presences and course satisfaction. There was a significant difference (p ≤ .05) with gender and perceived social presence with male students reporting stronger levels. Students experiencing course technology difficulties reported significantly ( p ≤ .05) lower perceptions of teaching presence than those experiencing no difficulty. Significant differences (p ≤ .05) were found between specific course instructional strategies and each presence and course satisfaction. The findings provide faculty with an understanding of online course management and teaching/learning strategies that may increase students’ perceptions of presence in online courses and improve student satisfaction with online learning.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Halstead, Judith A.
Commitee: Bakas, Tamilyn, Fisher, Mary L., Pesut, Daniel J.
School: Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Department: Nursing Science
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-B 77/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Educational technology, Higher education
Keywords: Community of inquiry, Education, Nursing, Online, Presence
Publication Number: 3737835
ISBN: 978-1-339-27949-7
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