NCLEX® Program Reports

Professional Development Seminars

5003 - Evaluating Distance Learning Programs in Nursing

Prerequisites and Target Audience

There are no prerequisites to attend this seminar.

This web-based seminar is recommended for all nursing educators and administrators providing distance learning in the US and Canada regardless of whether or not the faculty member participates in NCLEX® Program Reports analyses or the educational program has subscribed to the NCLEX® Program Reports.


The purpose of the course is to give nurse educators the skills to lead the evaluation of their program's distance learning program offerings.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are as follows. Upon seminar completion, participants will be able to:

  • Use terms pertaining to online education and distance learning accurately
  • Describe the difference between systematic program evaluation and focused evaluation studies
  • Describe the challenges of evaluating distance learning programs
  • Describe some frameworks for evaluating distance learning
  • Describe some distance learning success factors
  • Identify tools to measure distance learning success factors
  • Define program success for each factor
  • Describe distance learning evaluation data collection issues


The topics covered during the NCLEX® Program Reports 5003 Seminar are:

  1. Problem Statement
  2. Introduction to Distance Learning
  3. Issues in Distance Learning
  4. Types of Distance Learning Evaluations
  5. Distance Learning Evaluation Framework
  6. Tools for Measuring Distance Learning Factors
  7. Defining Success
  8. Resources


The NCLEX® Program Reports 5003 Seminar contains 75 minutes of learning activities. Participants are expected to independently complete a 15-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the seminar concludes.

Continuing Education

1.5 contact hours are awarded through the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider Number ABNP1516) to all individuals completing the seminar and the end-of-course assessment.


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