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Developing Teaching Assistant Guidelines to Improve Online Learning in RN-BSN Courses
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, University of North Carolina- Wilmington, United States ; , , , University of North Carolina-Wilmington, United States ; , University of North Carolina- Wilmington, United States

Innovate Learning Summit 2020, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

Standardizing teaching assistant (TA) roles and responsibilities is an instructional approach faculty can use to promote student success in a community of inquiry (CoI) online. This study aimed to determine if standardized TA guidelines improve student perceptions of the CoI in 7-week online RN-BSN courses. A mixed methods study design using the CoI survey (1-strongly agree to 5- strongly disagree) and open-ended questions measured student’s perception of CoI in phase 1 (n=62,no guidelines) and phase 2 (n=42,guidelines implemented). Faculty perceptions of guidelines were measured using an informal survey in phase 2. Students in phase 1 (M=1.61,SD=.686) and phase 2 (M=2.05,SD=.743) reported positive perceptions of the CoI. T-tests indicated that perceptions did not improve after the implementation of the TA guidelines. Qualitative comments from both phases were consistent regarding student concerns about TA engagement, feedback, and knowledge. Faculty liked the guidelines, found them helpful, and intended to use them in future. Findings from this study can assist faculty members in determining best practices for using TAs to improve effectiveness in the CoI. Although student perceptions did not improve after TA guideline implementation, there were unique circumstances including course specific factors, faculty and TA interaction and student expectations. Presumably, Covid-19 may have impacted survey participation and full engagement and/or implementation of the guidelines.

Citation

Scott, M., Hrelic, D., Thompson, E., Alzaghari, O. & Kim-Godwin, Y. (2020). Developing Teaching Assistant Guidelines to Improve Online Learning in RN-BSN Courses. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of Innovate Learning Summit 2020 (pp. 733-740). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 9, 2021 from .

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