The Journal of continuing education in nursing, 2003
A private university in Chile was seeking opportunities to acquire expertise in developing distance education programs using new media technology, especially in health-related fields. An initiative was undertaken to develop a distance postbasic gerontology program for technical nurses in Chile by partnering with a Canadian school of nursing.
The instructional design process was used as a systematic approach throughout the development of the program. Attention to cultural considerations was emphasized throughout each phase of the process.
The developed program consists of 13 self-paced print modules with web-based components and is primarily asynchronous with scheduled milestones. A 6-week preceptored clinical experience follows completion of the theory portion to support learner mastery of program outcomes.
Developing international nursing education programs is an enriching experience that presents unique challenges and issues. These challenges can be overcome by using a creative, systematic approach to program development that reflects cultural considerations. Developing flexible working relationships that respect the cultural differences of international team members facilitates international initiatives."