Adult learners returning to online education can face considerable barriers to the successful completion of their degree. These obstacles may be due to work and family obligations, lack of familiarity with course and academic requirements, the use of educational technology, or lack of self-direction in their learning. The authors conceptualized, developed, and implemented a preparatory course in an RN-BS Online Completion program designed to familiarize students with online learning and technological and personal skill requirements that could lead to academic success. This article outlines course development and implementation, syllabus and course objectives related to distance learning, and assignments and rubrics developed to meet learning outcomes.
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Josephsen, Jayne and Schrader, Vivian. (2013). "Preparing RN’s for the Online Learning Environment". Syllabus, 2(1), 1-17.