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Systems Administration on Quality and Performance Measurement,

Nursing education has experienced a rapid expansion of online courses and programs. Learning in these environments exists in both private and shared virtual spaces. A revised version of Walker and Avant’s (2005) eight step concept analysis method was used to examine the concept oflearner presence in online nursing education. The concept was found to be multidimensional and dependent on each student’s sharedabilitiesopportunities and motivation. The analysis resulted in the development of an operational definition: Learner Presence in Online Nursing Education is the incorporeal perception of the student, sensed as being social, intimate, relational and interactive in a virtual learning environment.

Nursing education has experienced a rapid expansion in the number of online courses and programs offered (Carlon et al, 2012). Online learning environments exist in both private and shared virtual spaces, where communication occurs between learners and teachers, and among the learners themselves. Unlike the traditional classroom setting, the online learning environment lacks a tangible physical space, and most interactions are text based. The nature of this virtual space creates challenges and opportunities for the both the learner and teacher. Little is known about factors that impact learning in the online environment such as learner presence