"Use of a Community Site in Canvas to Foster Faculty-Student Engagement and Success of the Distance Learning Doctoral Student" - Mandi Cafasso & Keeley Harding
From Mandi Cafasso
Presenter: Mandi Cafasso, Assistant Professor
Co-Presenter: Keeley Harding, Adjunct Instructor
Title: Use of a Community Site in Canvas to Foster Faculty-Student Engagement and Success of the Distance Learning Doctoral Student
Description: Malcolm Knowles Adult Learning Theory (1968) postulates that adults are self-directed, experiential, self-motivated learners who desire flexibility in learning that can be adapted to their life and priorities. The online Doctor of Nursing Practice program has seen a substantial growth (75%) in student enrollment in the past year, which implored for a method of rapid communication of program changes, student and faculty mentor expectations and project planning. Faculty identified themes regarding student and faculty needs that could be addressed with an online resource. The “DNP Community” site was created in Canvas and is accessible to the student and faculty mentors for the duration of the doctoral program. The course is updated in real time allowing for timely notifications of and easy transitions to changes as the program grows and evolves. The creation of this site will foster the academic success of the student in addition to serving as a resource guide for faculty mentors.
Abstract: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students have varying levels of nursing and academic experience. Some students are enrolled in the bachelor’s to doctoral program, while others are in the post master’s DNP program. Some students attend part time and others are full time. Additionally, students are implementing quality improvement or evidence-based projects along with faculty who may not be intimately involved with the DNP program and expectations. This can make it difficult for faculty to meet the needs of all those who are affected by a course. In order to meet the needs of each student, a “DNP Community” site was created using Canvas, an online learning platform. The site was created to serve as a resource and guide for all DNP students and faculty to ensure equal access to program related forms, writing templates, presentation resources, reference materials, and nursing subspecialty information. Students have access to this online site throughout the duration of the DNP program, and all students and faculty at every stage of the program will benefit. This course is updated in real time allowing for timely notifications of and easy transitions to programmatic changes.