Facebook: A basis for forming a peer learning community for nursing students in a bioscience unit

Schaffer, Sally & Menzies, Victoria (2015) Facebook: A basis for forming a peer learning community for nursing students in a bioscience unit. In Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success, 1-4 July 2015, Melbourne, Australia.

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First year nursing students commonly find bioscience to be challenging. A Facebook community site was established to support and engage these students. The site was facilitated by virtual peer mentors and the unit coordinator. The high participation rate and the strong recommendation to future students indicated that the site successfully enabled student interaction and engagement with their learning. The students found it to be a readily accessible network and valued the useful resources and learning strategies provided by their peers. The sharing of both learning challenges and successful learning practices can help students build a sense of belonging and an understanding of academic practices and behaviours that can contribute to their learning success at university.

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ID Code: 84873
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Peer Programs, Mentoring, Learning Communities, Online learning, Collaborative learning, Engagement, Biosciences, Nursing, Transition, HERN
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2015 23:25
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2015 13:57

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