Date of Paper/Work

5-2014

Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Mary Moberg

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore ways of adapting teaching strategies to accommodate culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) nursing students in online nursing courses to make web based learning more experiential, engaging, and community oriented. With the need to recruit more CALD nursing students and with strong general interest in the nursing profession, it is increasingly difficult for nursing programs to accommodate, expand, and improve in traditional learning environments alone. For that reason, online learning has become not only a component of, but the entire way of teaching in many associate and baccalaureate nursing programs. With this increasing enrollment and push to further develop online learning, schools of nursing need to guide faculty in understanding, developing awareness of and identifying strategies to manage online learning, specifically for a more diverse population of students. This paper specifically focuses on the challenges faced by Somali nursing students in online learning environments. Recommendations are provided for nurse educators in adapting teaching strategies for Somali nursing students enrolled in online courses to make learning a positive experience and nursing an achievable goal.

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