350 - Evaluating Distance Learning Programs in Nursing

This is the fifth course offered as part of the Program Evaluation Series. The Program Evaluation Series is intended to provide educators and administrators with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to participate in and lead program evaluation activities at their organization.

Registration fee: $150.00

Upcoming Dates: TBD

Delivered by Karen H. Frith, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, Dean, College of Nursing at University of Alabama Huntsville and Wyetta Bontempo, PhD, Founder and Principal Consultant with Mountain Measurement, Inc. More info about the faculty members teaching this course is available in the faculty section of the "Find out More" page.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. This web-based course 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

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

  • 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.


The NCLEX® Program Reports 350 Course is delivered as a 3-hour synchronous, web-based experience which includes a mix of lecture, individual and small group activities, and a 30-minute Question and Answer session.


Participants are encouraged to have a copy of a distance learning course syllabus and program evaluation plan. Participants with a mobile phone will have the opportunity to participate in technology-driven group activities.

Continuing Education

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



  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