Pharmacology NRS 204

Welcome to my Google Site!

I am sharing 2 of the 9 aspects of Quality OnlIne Learning and Teaching (QOLT):

Section 1 - Course Overview and Introduction; and

Section 4 - Student Interaction and Community

Welcome video

SECTION 1: Course Overview and Introduction

A successful online learning experience begins with an introduction to the course essentials. The class should clearly convey what students will learn, how they will learn it, and who they will learn with.


1.1 Instructor uses course environment to provide clear and detailed instructions for students to begin accessing all course components such as syllabus, course calendar, and assignments.

1.2 Detailed instructor information is available to students and includes multiple formats for being contacted by students, availability information, brief biographical information, and a picture and/or video of the instructor.

1.3 Course description includes the purpose and format of the course, as well as prerequisite knowledge and competencies, if applicable.

1.4 Online etiquette expectations for various forms of course communication and dialog (e.g., chat, “hangout,” email, online discussion) are presented and clear to the student.

1.5 A link to the CI Academic Dishonesty policy is provided.

1.6 A list of technical competencies necessary for course completion is provided; identifying and delineating the role/extent the online environment plays in the total course.

1.7 Instructor provides samples of student work and provides opportunities for students to ask questions.

1.8 Instructor asks students to share their own learning goals.

Hi, and welcome to Pharmacology NRS 204!

My name is Dr. Kathryn Yates (or Professor Yates if you like J) and I will be your instructor this semester. I am currently a practicing Emergency Department (ED) nurse and have been at the bedside for 38 years. I have two children, both recent college graduates – Zack from Cal State at Humboldt, and Alli from Berkeley. (I may refer to them frequently in lectures because they have taught ME so much!). I was originally an Associate’s degree RN from LA County USC School of Nursing and then with the ‘push’ within the profession to obtain advanced degrees I completed my BSN, MSN and most recently (last year) my PhD in Nursing Research and Education.

One of the best things about nursing is the flexibility and variety. I have served as a flight nurse, a ski area nurse, a legal consultant, a pre-hospital care coordinator and paramedic instructor, and a nursing instructor throughout my nursing career – there are SO many options to explore in our profession! Despite my seniority in the hospital, I have been a night shift nurse (7p-7a) for 27 years; I appreciate the autonomy, the collaborative ‘vibe’ of the staff, and the critical thinking required during the late hours.

I am an avid backpacker with my border collie, Bob, and I am in the process of moving from Orange County – where I have lived for the past 30 years – to the Carpentaria, Goleta, or Santa Barbara area, where my parents and 4 brothers and sisters live. I am new to the Ventura area (although I attended UCSB a LONG time ago…) so I would appreciate any tips on great restaurants, parks, local hikes, or neighborhoods J

SECTION 4. Student Interaction and Community

Effective online learning is active and student-centered. Regular student-student interactions foster a sense of belonging among learners and introduce students to diverse perspectives.


4.1 At the beginning of the course, instructor provides an opportunity to have students self-introduce to develop the sense of community.

4.2 Instructor provides the information about how to be a successful online learner/student.

4.3 Navigation throughout the online components of the course is logical, consistent, and efficient.

4.4 Learning activities facilitate and support active learning that encourages frequent and ongoing peer-to-peer engagement.

4.5 The modes and requirements for student interaction are clearly communicated.

4.6 Instructor clearly explains his or her role regarding participation in the online environment. Instructor participates and manages, yet lets students take reasonable ownership.

4.7 The course learning activities help students understand fundamental concepts, and build skills useful outside of the course.