The successful use of problem-based learning in an online nurse practitioner course

Linda R. Rounds, Bethany A. Rappaport

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The development of technology and online education has opened the door to creative use of new and existing teaching methodologies. The authors describe how they used problem-based learning in an online course as a method for teaching clinical decision making to nurse practitioner students. The close match between problem-based learning and the characteristics of adult learners and successful distance learners is outlined as support for use of this methodology. In addition, the authors describe the challenges, rewards, and lessons learned in this innovative approach to online education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
JournalNursing education perspectives
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Adult learning
  • Distance education
  • Nurse practitioner education
  • Online education
  • Problem-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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