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Redesigning Courses for the World Wide Web


  • Dr. Katherine Camacho Carr CNM, PhD,

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    • Katherine Camacho Carr, CNM, PhD, FACNM, is an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Nursing and a certified nurse-midwife practicing in Seattle, WA, at Highline Midwifery & Women's Health. She has been a faculty member of several midwifery education programs over the past 12 years, focusing on Web-based and distance learning.

  • Cynthia L. Farley CNM, PhD

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    • Cynthia L. Farley, CNM, PhD, is a certified nurse-midwife and Director of Greene Midwifery Care, Fairborn, OH. She is also faculty in Philadelphia University's Master's of Science in Midwifery program, an asynchronous, distributive computer-based curriculum.

Katherine Camacho Carr, Seattle University, School of Nursing, 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122-4340.


The use of computer-based instructional technologies has become almost ubiquitous in education, including health professions education. In addition, clinical practice requires the use of digital information, networking, and continued learning. Faculty, students, and clinicians must be prepared to use computer-based technologies and telecommunications. Many faculty members in the health professions need assistance with the transfer of traditional (campus-based) courses or course material to the World Wide Web. This article presents the instructional design and pedagogical aspects of redesigning a traditional campus-based course for the World Wide Web. Specific steps and a template are identified. The development of a virtual community of learners is also discussed as a critical element of on-line teaching and learning.