Globally Networked Learning (GNL): Linking Canadian and Danish Nursing Students: Online samarbejde mellem canadiske og danske sygeplejestuderende

Jacqueline Limoges, Kirsten Nielsen

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Learning Objectives:
1. Examine Globally Networked Learning (GNL) strategies and the assignment used by a Canadian and Danish BScN program to internationalize without the need for students to leave their country.
2. Consider how this GNL can be implemented on a on a larger scale.

Providing opportunities for student nurses to develop cultural awareness and competence is necessary to support cultural humility and safe patient care. Studying abroad is a common and well-documented strategy that enhances of intercultural abilities. However, given the complex requirements for clinical placements and core courses in BScN programs, providing international experiences during a BScN program is challenging. Furthermore, given the costs associated with studying abroad, this is not possible for every student. Innovative strategies, such as GNL, can assist nursing students to have intercultural learning experiences, without the need to leave home. GNL connects students in different countries through social media as connotation less desirable in academics to support intercultural learning. At present, there is no published literature describing the use or outcomes of this a GNL strategy for nursing education. To explore the feasibility and outcomes of GNL, one pilot study is complete and a second pilot is currently underway between Georgian College in Canada and VIA University in Denmark.

The initial pilot consisted of two groups? (two Canadian and two Danish students/group) and explored the feasibility and contributions of GNL for students’ learning. A second GNL pilot, including 16 students (four groups) in underway using a four step assignment created by the faculty from Georgian and VIA. The aim of the assignment is to foster intercultural learning about the lived experience and nursing care for a patient with common health challenge such as diabetes or heart failure, and how the health system in each countries country is organized for the selected patient population. The assignment concludes with reflective writing about the learning experience.

GNL is a promising strategy to support students to gain new understandings and be exposed to different nursing care strategies and health systems and to develop cultural awareness. GNL seems useful to internationalize the nursing curriculum and build collaborative networks between nursing students and faculty. The assignment supported past vs present tense explorations of how a) citizens of each country experience a common health challenge, and b) how the structure of the health systems influence nursing practice and patient care. Challenges and mitigating solutions have been identified through the pilot to inform future use of GNL as a teaching/learning strategy in nursing education.

Original languageEnglish
Publication date29 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2018
Event2018 Canadian Nursing Education Conference: Responding to a Changing World - Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 28 May 201829 May 2018


Conference2018 Canadian Nursing Education Conference
LocationMontreal Marriott Chateau Champlain
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  • learning, educational science and teaching

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