Melissa D. Avery, CNM, PhD, FACNM, is Associate Professor and Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Program at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, and participates in full-scope practice with HealthPartners nurse-midwifery service.
The Transition to Web-Based Education: Enhancing Access to Graduate Education for Women's Health Providers
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2003 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 48, Issue 6, pages 418–425, November-December 2003
How to Cite
Avery, M. D., Ringdahl, D., Juve, C. and Plumbo, P. (2003), The Transition to Web-Based Education: Enhancing Access to Graduate Education for Women's Health Providers. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 48: 418–425. doi: 10.1016/S1526-9523(03)00307-6
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- nurse practitioners;
- distance education;
- Web-based curricula
Nurse-midwives and women's health nurse practitioners have a long history as positive change agents in health care as well as education. This article chronicles the transition of a traditional face-to-face nurse-midwife and women's health nurse practitioner graduate curriculum to a Web-based format with campus seminars and clinical laboratories. This change was made to increase access to these graduate programs. A total of 20 courses, including both graduate core and specialty courses, was converted to the Web-based format over a 3-year period. Practical considerations for implementing a similar program, including faculty development and support, student orientation and ongoing support, development of a learning community, and time management, are discussed. The importance of listening to student feedback and partnering with them as the program continues to develop is emphasized as a key element of program evaluation and improvement.