The UNM College of Nursing received the Regional Educational Technology Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing. The organization, which promotes scholarship and leadership in nursing, presented the award to CON faculty member Dr. Roberta Rehm at a recent conference in San Francisco.

Applicants for the computer-based publication award were judged on how information technology was used in order to further professional goals as well as nurse leadership and involvement. UNM CON was selected for the award for its outstanding instructional or informational use of a computer for student learning.

"This award recognizes the hard work, leadership at UNM, and creativity of the CON's faculty in developing web-based courses for UNM students. Web-based education is in its infancy, and there is a long way to go to figure out how best to use the power of the World Wide Web to extend the reach of nursing education," said Rehm. "The faculty of the CON deserve to be recognized for their early efforts at providing web-based education to nurses throughout New Mexico and for their on-going commitment to excellence in education."

The CON began offering Internet courses in 1998. Among the studies offered are some RN/BSN level classes, graduate core and graduate specialty courses. Plans are underway to expand web offerings in the near future.

"This should help students who prefer to study and attend class on their own schedule and at a location of their choosing," said Dr. Karen Carlson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the CON.
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