Date of Paper/Work

5-2013

Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Kathleen Kalb

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to introduce a class session evaluation tool which was developed as an aid to the faculty of the RN-to-BS Degree Completion (RN-BS) Section offered by the Baccalaureate Degree Program in the Department of Nursing at St. Catherine University. In the past year, several changes were made to the RN-BS Section which included the transition from trimesters to semesters as well as a change to a hybrid format. These changes resulted in the need for the RN-to-BS Section to double the number of class hours to meet the new definition of a credit hour, as well as changes to class session objectives and teaching methods. The faculty recognized a need to synthesize the results of the class session evaluation process to facilitate the incorporation of feedback into changes during subsequent class sessions and subsequent iterations of the course. Their ultimate goal was to ensure that changes made to courses and curricula resulted in student achievement of course learning objectives, continued compliance with accreditation and University requirements, and student satisfaction to ensure student retention. Following an extensive review of the literature, a class session evaluation tool was developed and tested with the students and faculty of the RN-BS Completion Section. In addition, a student session feedback form was developed and administered. The paper describes the process of developing the class session evaluation tool as well as general recommendations for class session evaluation.

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