Creating a Global Community of Learners in Nursing and Beyond: Caring Science, Mindful Practice MOOC

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Abstract

AIM

The aim was to examine the usefulness of a massive open online course (MOOC) on caring and mindfulness to a broad international audience that included nurses, allied health professionals, and others.

BACKGROUND

MOOCs in higher education have been evident since 2008. Very few MOOCs on nursing topics have appeared since that time. Exploration was needed regarding how MOOCs could be employed to share nursing knowledge with national and international communities.

METHOD

Two “Caring Science, Mindful Practice” MOOC sessions were examined. Demographics, learner satisfaction, course flow, and perceived usefulness of content were analyzed.

RESULTS

Learners from varied backgrounds participated. Higher than expected course activity levels and completion rates suggested effective learner engagement. Excellent course ratings demonstrated that content and delivery methods were effective. Active learners communicated specific plans to apply new knowledge in the future.

CONCLUSION

MOOCs facilitate learning where participants learn about topics of interest in nursing and beyond.

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