Objectives: Purpose: This paper discusses the design, implementation, and outcomes of redesigning three research projects within an undergraduate-nursing course utilizing problem-based learning techniques.
Methods: Setting/Participants: The nursing instructor and nursing librarian at a large, public university redesigned the research projects in a core undergraduate-nursing course of approximately 70 students.
Brief Description: In this project, a single clinical scenario was designed as a storyline to provide background and purpose for three research assignments. Each assignment scaffolds research skills as the semester progresses, as well as introduces students to the different information resources and types available to them. The scenario helps tie the projects together, and also helps students understand how the particular skills being developed might have real world applications in their future careers.
Results: Evaluation Methods: Information literacy knowledge gains were assessed with pre- and post-tests, as well as from the first and third assignments. Evaluation of the entire program was collected from students with an end of course survey.
Conclusion: Students were often unaware of the overarching story or how it related to the various projects. A pilot implementation is always rocky, but formative assessments and evaluations gave good insight into improvements to be made for the next implementation. We are currently in our second semester, and have made changes to our instruction approach, assignment guidance and assignment structure.
Keywords: problem-based learning, undergraduate nursing, scenario-based learning, curriculum design, information literacy instruction, evidence-based practice instruction, research instruction
Health & Life Sciences Librarian
San Diego, CA
Kathryn M. Houk, MLIS is currently the Health and Life Sciences Librarian at San Diego State University. She has her BS in Biology from Elon University, NC and her Masters, with a concentration in digital librarianship, from Kent State University, OH.
School of Nursing
San Diego, CA
Amy Heiss MSN, BSN, RN, lecturer and clinical instructor at San Diego State University's School of Nursing. Has an extensive clinical background in critical care, emergency transport, trauma in pediatrics and adult populations. Teaches information management and several clinical courses.
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