Novel Use of Experiential Learning in an Online Doctor of Philosophy Theory Course
Due to their abstract nature and lack of real-world application, theory development and testing are often difficult concepts for PhD students to embrace, especially within a virtual learning environment. Although experiential learning is a preferred method, there is a lack of evidence regarding its use in online PhD programs.
Four PhD nursing students enrolled in a Foundations of Theory course participated in an innovative experiential learning project designed to introduce the process of theory development and testing. Participants, led by a faculty-researcher, tested the applicability of a conceptual model using the Framework Method with the diary of a Holocaust survivor.
This experience increased the learners' understanding and appreciation of theory development and testing processes as they relate to the nurse scientist's role.
Experiential learning in an online theory course is a viable option to promote learning, student engagement, and professional socialization.
Stephens, Teresa; Bigger, Sharon E.; Cabage, Linda; and Tobias, Robyn, "Novel Use of Experiential Learning in an Online Doctor of Philosophy Theory Course" (2021). ETSU Faculty Works. 872.