Preregistration adult nursing students' experiences of online learning: a qualitative study

Clare Bramer

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Background:Online learning (OL) is widely used in UK preregistration nursing programmes and the latest Nursing and Midwifery Council professional education standards state digital technology must be embedded in the curriculum. An exploration of preregistration adult nursing students' experiences of OL considers how technology supports learning theory and practice, and assists in designing and delivering effective OL in future programmes.Aim:This study aimed to explore preregistration adult nursing students' OL experiences.Method:Two focus groups with students were held and thematic analysis carried out.Findings:Three main themes emerged regarding OL: advantages, disadvantages and preferences. The main advantages included time, accessibility and convenience, being able to revisit learning and the variety of approaches. Disadvantages included inadequate communication, support and interaction. Students preferred an adequate balance of OL with traditional teaching, more communication, synchronous OL, preparation and support.Conclusion:OL is valuable to adult nursing students, providing convenience and flexibility. While it has advantages, the disadvantages and preferences require addressing to ensure future programmes are effective and meet nursing students' requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-683
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2020


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