Online course in Health & Psychology

Learning Theory for Nursing: An Introduction

Understand how learning theory applies to nurse education with this course for nurses and healthcare professionals.

Learning Theory for Nursing: An Introduction

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
This course is part of the program Teaching, Learning & Assessment in Nursing, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing. Find out more.

Explore basic learning theory to help with nursing education

Understanding how we learn is vital for designing experiences that support the diverse learning needs of nursing students.

Through this course, you’ll explore the learning theory that underpins teaching and learning strategies for nurses. You will be taught how learning theories affect teaching decisions along with experience, learning aims and curriculum expectations.

To help you increase learning opportunities for your students, this course will also address various ways to enhance attention, motivation and memory, and analyse factors which help or hinder learning.

What topics will you cover?

  • Principles of learning theory
  • The application of learning theory to nurse education
  • Learning styles
  • Factors that facilitate or hinder learning
  • Individual learning needs
  • Teaching and learning strategies

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of principles of learning theory
  • Appraise the application of learning theory to nurse education
  • Analyse factors which support or hinder learning
  • Discuss factors relevant when planning adult learning

Who is the course for?

This course is for nurses and healthcare professionals who are new to nursing education and student-nurse development. It will also be useful for experienced nurses wanting to refresh their knowledge, or share their experiences with a nursing community.

Who will you learn with?

Kimberley Craig

Kimberley Craig

A senior nurse specialising in the care of patients with renal and urological disorders. 20 years experience in education, including in South Africa. MSc Nursing Course Director online and on campus.

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Advance your career with a degree

What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Teaching, Learning & Assessment in Nursing, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing.