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Blended learning works for nursing student

Nicole Compton has been studying nursing at South Regional TAFE Narrogin campus for about 10 months.

She has been so impressed with the blended learning package available for nursing studies during COVID-19 at-home learning that she is keen to see if it can continue in some way.

Diploma of Enrolled Nursing students were moved to blended learning with an online component towards the end of Term 1.

Nicole said she found it easy logging into the online learning platform Collaborate and accessing materials and the lecturer’s presentations. She also enjoyed the options to use the chat tool to post questions and share comments on the whiteboard.

Nicole said  there were a few minor technical issues at first but overall, the transition was smooth.

“I feel the blended learning option gave me more flexibility. I was really enjoying having the option to access online delivery,” she said.

“I have young children and to be able to complete some of the work at home in my own time just makes it easier.

“I know some of the students have a lot of travel time to get to campus and having the blended learning option reduces their travel time.

“There are definite benefits and the interactions with lecturers are still really good.”

Nicole was clear that because nursing was such a practical course there would always be the need to attend the labs and complete practical assessments, but she said being able to access online components of the course was a great option.

Nicole plans to study registered nursing at university once she has completed her TAFE studies.

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