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UW-Eau Claire Nursing Programs|
Improves Distance Education Opportunities
MAILED: June 25, 1999|
A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Nursing distance education program designed to serve people in every nook and cranny of Wisconsin recently received funding from a UW System grant.
The program, titled "Asynchronous Distance Education for Nurse Practitioner Students," will allow UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison to put six graduate nursing practitioner courses online, giving students from under served and rural areas the chance to further their education from a convenient location.
"This gives those people who live too far away from a UW System school the opportunity to advance their education without having to leave home or their community," said Susan Johnson Warner, associate dean and educational administrator for UW-Eau Claire's School of Nursing.
UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison will develop the courses over the next two years, said Jeannette McDonald, clinical associate professor at UW-Madison. Existing courses will be redesigned to be delivered over the Internet to remove the barriers of time and place.
"This project will allow us to build on previous and ongoing efforts to provide primary care education to under-served communities," McDonald said. "This is bringing us closer to delivery of whole degree programs to students in their home communities."
The two-year grant came to UW-Eau Claire through the System's cooperation with the Wisconsin Program for Training Regionally Employed Care Providers. Warner said the schools will take a careful approach to putting the courses online by obtaining feedback from students.
"We're doing something new and cutting edge but we're not jumping into it blindly," she said. "We want to make sure this method of teaching works for our curriculum and our students."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 25, 1999