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NU 725 Foundations of Learning and Teaching

Identify the fundamentals of learning to become a better educator.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

What is required to develop an educational environment where learning can thrive? How can culture or gender affect instructional strategies and outcomes? In NU 725 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning, you will learn the answers to these questions and others. You’ll identify usable theories and develop a greater understanding of how students learn and how teachers teach.

You’ll explore issues facing nursing educators today, such as how educator issues affect change and leadership in the nursing profession, the effective use of technology in a clinical learning environment, and how to assess if learning is taking place. Through discussions with fellow classmates, you’ll gain diverse insights into the various theories and strategies available to the nurse educator. You’ll become familiar with the National League for Nursing Core Competencies of Nurse Educators and submit a written reflection on your understanding of its guidelines.

What You’ll Learn in NU 725

This course examines pedagogies, adult learning theories, learning styles, learning environments, and evaluation methods in nursing education. You’ll explore the role of educator and student in creating an active learning environment for students from diverse backgrounds. You’ll examine traditional and alternative instructional strategies for the virtual and traditional classroom and the clinical setting. Discussions will analyze theories to assess didactic learning. Finally, you’ll analyze the effects of accreditation and/or certification requirements and explore the effects of gender, generation, and culture on learning and teaching.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • What Is Teaching and What Is Learning?
  • Philosophies, Regulations, and Guiding Principles
  • Cultural Diversity and Self and What it Means in Education
  • Nuts and Bolts of Teaching
  • Managing the Learning Environment
  • Tools for Assessment and Evaluation
  • Competencies of the Learner

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NU 725, you will be able to:

  • Examine learning styles and utilize pedagogical principles and adult learning theories to identify implications for learning and teaching.
  • Examine legal and ethical issues relevant to nursing education.
  • Identify gender, generational, and cultural issues affecting nursing education.
  • Evaluate strategies for creating an effective learning environment.
  • Explain effects of accreditation and certification on nursing education.
  • Compare and contrast formative and summative evaluation.
  • Examine issues related to assessment.
  • Analyze tools to develop a lesson plan and assess appropriate assessment methods to evaluate student acquisition of knowledge and/or skills.

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To learn more about Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning or other courses in the online MSN program from the University of Saint Mary, call 877-307-4915 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.