Emerging Learning and Integrated Technologies Education (ELITE) Faculty Development Program was created by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing using a five year $1.1million Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant. The majority of nursing educators are older than nursing students and have less exposure to and experience with technology such as multimedia, online learning platforms, blogs, wikis, etc. The program was created to help faculty gain skill in areas of new technology, as some were feeling challenged by adoption and implementation. There is an assumed technology gap between educators and students.
Five categories were identified for faculty workshops: learning technologies, distance education, informatics, human simulation, tele-health.
Objective 1: Develop a program to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of nursing faculty in the application of emerging healthcare technologies.
Objective 2: Assist nursing faculty with initiating and integrating technology strategies into nursing education programs.
Objective 3: Measure changes in nursing faculty knowledge, skills, abilities, and confidence in integrating technology into their nursing curricula.
An online survey was conducted prior to the ELITE experience. The survey participants were aware of classroom/teaching technologies but lacked confidence in use. They were less aware of tele-health technology. There was a high correlation between experience with a certain technology, knowledge of that technology, and importance of that technology in nursing education.
Participants also created a goal worksheet after the ELITE workshop. An example of one of the goals was “Learn how to develop a hybrid syllabus for a community health nursing course.”
The study concluded that there is an ongoing need for nursing faculty to remain familiar with and knowledgeable about emerging technology. It was generally felt that increased use of technology would enhance learning outcomes.
I am in agreement with the study outcomes: It is impossible to produce new graduates who are capable of working in a world of rapidly expanding and evolving technology if the students are not taught by educators who are familiar with those technologies in real life and in simulation.
Talcott, K. (2013). Technology and the Nurse Educator: Are You ELITE?… Emerging Learning and Integrated Technologies Education (ELITE). Nurse educator, 38(3), 126-131.