Title: Engaging Higher Education Students in Online Learning – barriers challenges and potential solutions
Presenter: Amanda Moses (Lecturer)
Faculty / Division: FoSH
School / Unit: Nursing, Paramedicine and Health Science
Session Type: Paper
When: Friday, 19 November 2021 @ 11:15am – 12:15pm)
The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at Charles Sturt University has noted a growing trend of students enrolling in online learning options, most often remote to a physical campus. Whilst this facilitates a continuation of their home and work lives along with progressing toward a career, it is not without barriers and challenges. The increased enrolment in online learning presents a more diverse student demographic, often with less experience of recent or higher education (first in family, school leavers, or mature age students). This has the potential to increase the challenges faced by both students and academics in engaging in the learning process. The global pandemic of COVID-19 has seen the university forced into providing more education in the online platform, due to restrictions on public gatherings.
This literature review sought to identify trends in the challenges faced in the online learning domain, and potential solutions, in order to increase student success and retention. These recommendations have since been considered and implemented in the preparation and presentation of 2 subjects within the Bachelor of Nursing curriculum.
This presentation will look to briefly identify the know barriers and challenges and then discuss identified solutions, and how these have been implemented, with consideration of any identified outcomes.