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Friday, May 16 • 10:15am - 10:45am
Sources of Social Support that Facilitate Students’ Learning Online

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With a growing need for lifelong learning and the accessibility of the internet to the most remote corners of Canada and the world, it is important to acquire successful ways to support students to complete their education There is sufficient research to document how educators effectively facilitate online learning, but little is known about other sources of support students perceive as useful.

The purpose of this presentation is to present the findings of a study undertaken to explore and describe the support systems nursing students utilized in their online learning. It came to our attention that students found other sources to facilitate their learning in the form of emotional, informational, instrumental and affirmational support from both online and offline sources.

Students’ identified their online peers as providing informational support when they helped to solve technical issues and shared resources for writing assignments. Families, nursing colleagues and employers were identified as providing offline support. These finding could be introduced to students in all disciplines as strategies to support their learning online.

Of Interest to: Online and distance education, Post-secondary education, Researchers, Educational technologists

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Kim Munich

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University
Dr. Kim Munich is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada. Dr. Munich’s year career began with nursing clients in medical-surgical wards, Neuro ICU, extended care, community, and especially maternal/child high risk obstetrics... Read More →

Friday May 16, 2014 10:15am - 10:45am PDT
Campus Activity Centre, Alpine Room 900 McGill Road, Kamloops BC, Canada V2C 0C8

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