Online Courses

Computer Technologies for Nurse Educators (T620)

This course is not currently open for registration. Please check back in the future for dates or registration information. 

Computer Technologies for Nurse Educators is a fully online, asynchronous, course designed to give you the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills for using a variety of technologies to support the teaching/learning process.

You will learn theoretical frameworks that guide the selection, use, and integration of instructional technologies into education programs and discuss principles of distance learning. In this course, offered also for academic credit, you will learn with other professional nurses, graduate nursing students, and the course faculty.

The professional development option for this course provides an opportunity for faculty, graduate students, and nurses practicing in education focused roles to participate in this coursework for professional development instead of academic credits. Learners who complete all requirements will receive ANCC accredited continuing nursing education contact hours at the end of the course.

Benefits to the Learner: 

This alternate delivery method will benefit the continuing education learner in the following ways:

  • Opportunity to take graduate level specialty coursework that may not be available at their home institution or via another institution of higher education for a fee that is more affordable than tuition
  • Access to an expert faculty member with 25 years experience utilizing technology in education and serving in leadership roles related to the use of technology and simulation at the University.
  • Valuable addition to CV to illustrate entry-level skills in using technology in teaching.


This course requires that you be a licensed RN and hold a BSN degree. 

Topical Outline:

  • Copyright and Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Social Media 
  • Informatics
  • Simulation
  • Technology Product Project & Peer Review

2 Participation Options Available:

  • Option 1: Essentials: $400
    • Learner will participate in weekly online discussions and activities (3 hours/week)
    • Learner will provide feedback and responses to peers and engage in productive discussion (1 hour/week)
    • Estimated time required: Approximately 4 hours per week
  • Option 2: Essentials Plus: $500
    • This option includes the same expectations as Option 1 (Essentials), plus:
      • Completion of specific written course assignments: Includes all course assignments with the exception of the final scholarly paper. Engage in weekly online discussions/application activities, the technology selection contract, and the final technology project.
      • Constructive feedback provided by course faculty on each assignment*
      • An additional fee of $100 included in price
      • Estimated time required: Approximately 7-8 hours per week.

**Please note: this page and registration information is for those wishing to take this course for nursing continuing education contact hours, NOT academic credit. If you are interested in taking this course for academic credit, please visit our graduate program website. **



  • Course Topics & Expectations

    Course topics include:

    • Technology selection guidelines and contract
    • Copyright and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
    • Social media
    • Informatics
    • Simulation


  • Prerequisites/Eligibility

    This course requires that you be a licensed RN and hold a BSN  or other BS/BA degree. 

    BEFORE you register, email a copy of your transcript and copy of your license to

  • When

    May 11-June 22, 2021

    Participation is asynchronous through the Canvas learning management system. There are not set meeting times. 

  • Fees

    Option 1 Essentials: $400

    Option 2 Essentials Plus: $500

    Payment by credit card is due at the time of registration. Advance registration is required. To receive registration information, documentation of completion of a BSN (or higher level nursing degree) and current United States RN licensure should be emailed to  

    For questions about  payment (only), contact Melissa Kocias at or by phone at 812-855-4224.

    For information on cancellation, refund, and transfer policies, please see the registration and policies page.

  • Faculty

    Portrait of Barb Friesth

    Barbara Manz Friesth, PhD, RN
    Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean of Learning Resources
    Indiana University School of Nursing
    600 Barnhill Drive, NU 300D
    Indianapolis, IN 46202
    Phone: 317-278-2139

    Faculty subject to change without notice.

    The faculty/facilitators of this academic course do not have any conflict of interest. No commercial support or sponsorship was received for the development of this course. This course is reviewed and updated by the faculty/facilitator prior to the date of the offering.

  • Contact Hours & Disclosures


    Successful Completion of the Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Activity 

    In order to receive contact hours for the CNE activity you must complete all required activities and complete the online course evaluation at the end of the course period. 

    Conflicts of Interest 

    A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to influence educational content about healthcare products or services of a commercial company with which they have a financial relationship.

    None of the planners, presenters, or faculty disclosed a conflict of interest related to this activity.


  • Register

    Before submitting your registration, review the Prerequisite/Eligibility information on this page. 

    To receive registration information, documentation of completion of a BSN/BA/BS (or higher level nursing degree) and current United States RN licensure should be emailed to  

    If you wish to pursue an academic graduate certificate or take this course for academic creditvisit the Teaching in Nursing academic graduate certificate page for more information.