When Dr. Lorraine Bormann was looking for the best way to offer NURS 102 (Introduction to Professional Nursing) to her pre-nursing transfer students, she chose WKU On Demand’s flexible, self-paced format. Dr. Bormann was already comfortable with teaching in an online format because Anne Honaker, Wren Mills, and Distance Learning’s Instructional Design team, through their summer boot camp and faculty development workshops, had given her the tools that she needed. For the past few years, she has supplemented all of her face-to-face classes with an online component.
Nursing 102 is a required class for the BSN pre-licensure program. Dr. Bormann opted for the On Demand platform because it would most effectively meet the needs of her transfer students.
Dr. Bormann credits Distance Learning’s Alicia Pennington and the Instructional Design team with helping her create a clean, streamlined design for her On Demand class. “If something wasn’t needed, it’s gone from the design. I used to include a lot of supplemental material on my Blackboard sites. The clutter was diluting the effectiveness. The modules are now set up in a more linear way for the student. Anything that is on the Blackboard site is essential for the course.” says Bormann.
Alicia Pennington explained that the DL Instructional Design team encourages a faculty member who is developing an online class to start out by just discussing his or her goals for the class. The Instructional Design team is able to come at the subject with fresh eyes and sees the course from a student’s perspective.
Dr. Bormann is committed to providing the best learning experience for her distance students, and she strives to be approachable and foster an interactive faculty/student community. She feels that an instructor’s good relationship with her students is a key part of their success, especially in the challenging Nursing curriculum.
Nursing 102 is an ‘Explorations’ level course in the Colonnade program and Dr. Bormann believes that in the future, even non-nursing majors could benefit from taking the class and learning more about the healthcare industry, since this is a subject that is relevant to everyone.