Dr. Berte received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Psychology and Human Relations at Pace University. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner and Post Master Certificate at Fairfield University. She also got her EDD in Nursing Education at Western Connecticut State University.
She has been with Mount Saint Mary College since August of 2015. She teaches Roles of an APN, Advanced Pathophysiology, Mental Health Nursing, Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition, and the RN Seminar for Mental Health. She teaches both the undergraduate and graduate courses.
Dr. Berte defines hybrid learning as both a combination of on-ground and online asynchronous learning. Her experiences with online/hybrid learning have been with the uses of Blackboard and Moodle.
She feels eClass is very beneficial to her graduate students because it allows them the freedom to attend class and do their school work while at home. She says many of them are employed and this gives them the flexibility. With the undergraduates, she feels it builds skills in how to learn online which will help them in preparation for the workplace and graduate school.
When comparing her experiences with teaching traditional versus online, she feels as though while traditional comes more naturally because she has taught it that way for many years, utilizing online learning can enhance a class in ways not possible in a traditional setting. She feels that undergraduates need to learn how to utilize online learning in conjunction with traditional learning methods to become as successful as possible in today’s educational environment.
Her future plans in teaching involves using a program called “Shadow Health” for her nursing students. Her recommendation to future faculty is to utilize online learning as an enhancement to their existing courses, and find the ways in which it can prepare their students for the workforce.