NCLEX® Program Reports

Professional Development Seminars

350 - Evaluating Distance Learning Programs in Nursing

Registration fee: $150.00

Upcoming Dates: July 29, 2021, 10 AM - 1 PM Pacific Time

Delivered by Karen H. Frith, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, CNE, and Brian Bontempo, Ph.D., Founder and Principal Consultant with Mountain Measurement, Inc.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

This web-based seminar is intended for educators and administrators providing online learning.


The purpose of the course is to prepare educators to evaluate their distance learning offerings.

Learning Outcomes

Upon seminar completion, participants can:

  • accurately use terms pertaining to online education and online learning.
  • describe the challenges of evaluating online learning programs.
  • describe some frameworks for evaluating online learning.
  • identify tools to measure online learning success factors.
  • define program success for each factor.
  • describe online learning evaluation methodological issues.
  • describe the process for decision-making using evaluation findings.
  • understand the issues with evaluating online clinicals.


  1. Problem Statement
  2. Introduction to Online Learning
  3. Issues in Online Learning
  4. Types of Online Learning Evaluations
  5. Online Learning Evaluation Frameworks
  6. Operational Definitions
    1. Tools/metrics for measuring online learning factors
    2. Metrics for measuring outcomes
    3. Competency modeling
    4. The NCLEX Program Reports
  7. Defining Success
    1. Intermediary outcomes (e.g., engagement)
    2. Learning outcomes
  8. Methodological Issues Particular to Online Learning
    1. Data integrity
    2. Intermediary outcomes
  9. Decision-Making and Taking Action
  10. Evaluating Online Clinicals
  11. Using Online Learning Evaluation Data to Ensure Fair Financial Support Models
  12. Resources


The NCLEX® Program Reports 350 Seminar is delivered as a 2.5-hour lecture and a 30-minute Question and Answer session. Participants are expected to independently complete a 35-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the seminar concludes.


All participants are strongly encouraged to have a copy of their NCLEX® Program Reports ready to follow along with the Presenters.

Continuing Education

3.5 contact hours are awarded through the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider Number ABNP1516 Expires 2/4/2025) to all individuals completing the seminar and the end-of-course assessment.


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