However, once again, we now find ourselves on the brink of another change. The fall semester for many schools brings a return to campus and the need to help nursing students transition from virtual learning back to in-person classrooms. For some first- or second-year students, they have not had an opportunity to sit in a college classroom and have only experienced nursing school through a virtual learning lens. Therefore, nurse educators need to be cognizant of this transition and integrate some strategies to help these students acclimate themselves into this new learning environment.
Below are three strategies that nurse educators can implement to help make the transition from virtual to in-person learning easier.
1. Foster community building
Although we tried our best to keep the virtual classroom connection strong through different online group activities, building a sense of community and comradery among upper-level students who knew each other personally pre-Covid was much easier as compared to working with first- or second-year students who many have not had that in-person opportunity. Therefore, as nurse educators, we should be sure to take time to plan social interactions at the beginning of the semester to help foster those relationships. This can be done with team building activities and get-to-know-you games. This is the time to bring group work and discussions to the forefront of our teaching-learning activities.