Studying the Importance of Curriculum Planning Components in Virtual and Conventional Training of Nursing


Due to the advancement and development of information technology and the use of telecommunications in the society, tools and methods of training have also been improved and expanded. Variation of the tools and methods are such that people can start learning by using their own facilities regardless of the pre-specified time and place for training purpose. Moreover, the success of e-learning programs requires accurate process of planning, design, evaluation and implementation of online learning environments. This research tries to address the important components of training curriculum in virtual education from the view points of the faculty board member of Nursing and Midwifery. Methods and Materials: This research's tool was a questionnaire created by the researcher. Sampling method was the full range, such that after the reliability and validity of questionnaire, faculty board members of Nursing and Midwifery (21 persons) answered to a 50-question questionnaire using the 3-choice Likert. SPSS. Tukey test, Mann-Whitney, Wilcoxon, and Kruskal-Wallis were used for the data analysis. Results: The results revealed that the components of the group, activity, methods and materials, time and space are important more in virtual learning than in conventional one from the viewpoint of the participants in this study. In addition, improvements are required in facilities for long-term plans, instructions and rules, equipment, and software and hardware facilities, high speed internet and sufficient funds in order to employ virtual education at this faculty. Discussion: Due to current demands of universities for virtual instruction courses, the first step for such courses is to identify the strengths and weaknesses.

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Samaneh Parchebafieh, Islamic Azad University, Iran
Golnoosh Mirsaidi, Islamic Azad University, Iran
Mahboobeh Safavi, Islamic Azad University, Iran
Shadi Abdollah Zargar, Islamic Azad University, Iran
Soheila Mashouf, Islamic Azad University, Iran

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Conference: IICE2015
Stream: Educational change through technologies

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