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 as though eClass is more 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 like it affects their experience in learning online which helps them in preparation for the workplace and for graduate school.
She finds that eClass can be unbeneficial for the students because there is a lack of socialization with their colleagues, especially with the graduate students. She says to understand the new scope of practice and to develop professional relationships.
When comparing her experiences with teaching traditional versus online, she feels as though traditional is easier because she has taught it that way for many years. But she is not reluctant to utilize online learning. She feels that undergraduates need to learn how to utilize online learning, but with some nursing skills, it is better taught in a traditional environment.
She has her students involved in discussions forums. She has them do papers, quizzes, and has interactive videos as activities for her hybrid courses. She says that her students find them helpful.
Her future plans in teaching involves using a program called “Shadow Health” for her nursing students. Her recommendations for future faculty includes using online learning as an enhancement, but not solely as a teaching tool.