School of Nursing Newsletter

Spring ’17 Hybrid Course: A “First”

Congratulations to Carol Heinrich and April Matthias for being awarded a grant from the NC Area Health Education Center to enhance nursing education opportunities in rural and underserved areas. Registered nurses living or working in a rural county were encouraged to pursue a BSN through the UNCW SON distance education RN-BS program with the addition of in-person, face-to-face time with nursing faculty to help ease the nurse into the fully online student role. This face-to-face time was part of a hybrid course, offered for the first time this past spring.

Students in hybrid courseThe SON and Carteret Health Care collaborated to offer students this additional support as they began their online education journey. Students experienced a face-to-face program orientation with Matthias and student advisors Lindsay Phipps and Philip Hardy of Carteret Health Care. Matthias also conducted weekly face-to-face classes in addition to the online course on-site at Carteret Health Care.

Classtime provided students an opportunity to work together and create a learning community, work individually on assignments, ask questions of each other or the faculty to clarify course content and/or assignments, and receive assistance or guidance in navigating the online classroom and course requirements. Four students who successfully completed the course are pictured at left: (l to r: Ed Ota, Jacquelyn Boudreau, Luis Badillo, Tonya Dixon and faculty member April Matthias).