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1 Orient Me: Transitioning to the Online Learning Environment Melissa Meeker Dr. Kelli Whittington Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe

2 Objectives Examine the impact of an online and face-to- face orientation to assist students in their transition to an online nursing environment. Compare and contrast the online and face- to-face models for assisting students in online learning. Explore the online model used at McKendree University

3 Online Program RN to BSN Program MSN Program Dual MSN/MBA Educator Manager Palliative Care

4 Literature Review Online learners “must feel a sense of comfort that will enable them to participate in the online environment” (McQuaid, 2010, p. 190). Gilmore & Lyons (2012) found that a mandatory face-to-face orientation reduced attrition from 20% to 1%.

5 Literature Review According to Gilmore and Lyons (2012), “a quality online program requires a well- designed orientation” (p. 45)

6 Orientation 2012 Mandatory UNI 105 was designed for the RN to BSN students UNI 505 was designed for the MSN students 2013 Elective First face-to-face orientation at each of our three campuses

7 Online Orientation- Melissa Meeker Online orientation

8 Face to Face Orientation- Dr. Kelli D. Whittington -Meet & Greet format -Based on student request -Invitations -All Faculty -Multiple Staff -IT PowToon

9 Summary Valuable information can be provided to students in the orientation process Orientation is vital to the success of online learners Retention can be enhanced with a strong orientation

10 Questions?

11 References Gilmore, M. & Lyons, E. M. (2012). Nursing 911: An orientation program to improve retention of online RN-BSN students. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(1), McQuaid, J. W. (2010). Using cognitive load to evaluate participation and design of an asynchronous course. The American Journal of Distance Education, 24, doi: /

12 References Reilly, J. R., Gallagher-Lepak, S. & Killion, C. (2012). “Me and my computer”: Emotional factors in online learning. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(2),


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