Higher Education and Real-world Training (HEaRT)

A New Ecosystem for Learning

Authors

  • Denise Bisaillon, EdD Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
  • Toni Clayton, PhD Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
  • Stacey L. Rosenberg, DNP RN ACNS-BC CNE Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
  • Jan Wyatt, PhD Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
  • Beth Vanorsdale, DNP RN MHA CPHRM CNE Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Keywords:

experiential learning, online learning model, real-world training, higher education

Abstract

The Higher Education and Real-World Training (HEaRT) model provides a new online experiential ecosystem for learning where learners and employers meet to solve real-world problems. Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) Academic team works in partnership with Career Services to support learners in healthcare administration, public health, nursing, and health information systems. The HEaRT asynchronous ecosystem allows for learners in an online learning platform to build soft skills—including team building, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and networking—while connecting theory to practice. This innovative experience includes real-time feedback from industry experts, collaboration with peers, networking in an online learning community, and a learner-to-mentor ratio that supports highly effective learning.  Learners who successfully meet the mastery requirements of the experience receive a digital badge and have the opportunity to apply for prior learning assessment (PLA) credit.

Author Biographies

Denise Bisaillon, EdD, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Adjunct Faculty Health Professions

Toni Clayton, PhD, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Executive Director (interim) of Health Professions

Stacey L. Rosenberg, DNP RN ACNS-BC CNE, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Associate Dean of Nursing

Jan Wyatt, PhD, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Assistant Vice President of Nursing, Health Professions, and Academic Administration

Beth Vanorsdale, DNP RN MHA CPHRM CNE, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Associate Dean of Health Professions (interim)

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Published

2021-05-15

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Peer-Reviewed Articles