Faculty Caring in the Online Environment: Student Perceptions and Best Practices for Implementation

Thursday, September 17, 2020
10:05 AM - 11:20 AM


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Faculty Caring in the Online Environment: Student Perceptions and Best Practices for Implementation is a webinar ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.

As more and more courses are offered online, how can we create and maintain an environment in which online students feel cared for and cared about? What faculty behaviors convey caring to students taking online courses? After an extensive literature review, we surveyed College of Nursing graduate students and followed up with focus groups.

In this workshop, we will discuss the top 10 faculty caring behaviors identified by our students and provide suggestions for their implementation in online courses. Although our inquiry was made within the context of online nursing graduate education, we feel that the findings will apply to online teaching and learning in other disciplines and educational settings as caring is a basic human value and need.

We hope that this workshop will be an opportunity for sharing of caring teaching strategies, and we look forward to learning from our colleagues across the University.


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Kate Jones
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, MSN Nursing Administration and DNP Nurse Executive Leadership Programs  
College of Nursing

Kate Jones joined the College of Nursing faculty in January 2018. She is director of two online graduate programs: MSN-Nursing Administration and DNP-Nursing Executive Leadership programs. Her area of clinical practice is home health care nursing, where she has served in many roles, from home health care nurse to Chief Clinical Officer. She is Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) and a Certified Case Manager (CCM). She believes that health happens at home and values each person’s participation in their health care decision making. Jones’s area of interest for scholarship is caring in nursing leadership practice and in the academic setting. She teaches several online courses at the master’s and doctoral levels and always looks for ways to project caring in course design and communication with the students. 

Phyllis Raynor
Clinical Assistant Professor
Interim Director, PMHNP Program
College of Nursing

Phyllis Raynor is a faculty member and an interim program director for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the College of Nursing. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and an advanced-practice addictions nurse, she provides primary mental health treatment for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders across the lifespan. She adopted a patient-centered approach to care delivery and uses motivational interviewing techniques to facilitate behavioral change. Her research is focused on developing digital self-management interventions to support positive parenting, self-care, and long-term recovery from alcohol and/or opioid use disorders for pregnant and postpartum women. She is also intensely interested in the application of telehealth for delivery of mental health services. As an educator and program director, Dr. Raynor embraces a student-centered approach to teaching, mentoring, and supporting her students, who pursue their educational goals online. She taught several online graduate nursing courses and implemented innovative instructional methods, including various forms of online simulation, to enable students to master and demonstrate professional competencies. 

Vera Polyakova-Norwood
Director of Distributed Learning
College of Nursing

Vera Polyakova-Norwood has thirty years of experience in designing, teaching and managing various types of distance education courses and programs. As director of distributed learning at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing, she assists faculty with design, development, implementation and evaluation of online courses, modules and activities. In the past five years, the online graduate nursing program at the University of South Carolina has been consistently ranked within the top 10 in the nation. Polyakova-Norwood presented at multiple local, national and international distance learning conferences and led numerous workshops on technology-based teaching and learning.