Laurie Posey EdD

Director, Nursing Education
Associate Professor (Tenured)

Laurie Posey, EdD, specializes in instructional design, online and blended learning, and the use of technology to support all aspects of health professional education. Her research and scholarship focus on eLearning best practices, active- and authentic learning strategies, collaborative learning, continuous quality improvement, online simulation, and telehealth-enabled education.

She is the program director of the graduate certificate in nursing education, and teaches in the areas of Instructional Design, Teaching with Technology, Knowledge Management, and Health Information Technology. As the former Director of Instructional Design for the School of Nursing, she has supported faculty in the use of innovative pedagogical approaches to online teaching and led the design and development of several grant-funded eLearning programs including Nurses on the Frontline: Preparing for Emergencies and Disasters; the Graduate School Bootcamp; the Geriatric and Palliative Care Curriculum; and Interprofessional Care of People with Multiple Chronic Conditions.

Dr. Posey is an accomplished instructional designer with more than 20 years of experience designing and developing eLearning programs for academia, government, and industry. Prior to coming to GW, she served as Deputy Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Partnerships for Training program, which used distance education to educate Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Certified Nurse Midwives in underserved communities.  

  • Outstanding Electronic Poster Award — The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2011)
    • Awarded at 2011 NONPF Annual Conference for Graduate School Boot Camp: eLearning to Transition Students to Doctoral Study
  • Friend of Nursing Award — Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2012)
    • Awarded in recognition of time, money and resources dedicated to improving the nursing profession at the local level
  • Educational Technology Award — Sigma Theta Tau International (2013)
    • Awarded for The Graduate School Bootcamp
    • Program Developers: Pintz, C., Posey, L., Lyons, L. & Hannah, K.
  • Best in Track Presentation: Student Support — The Online Learning Consortium (2015)
    • Awarded for Online Master’s Students’ Perceptions of Institutional Supports and Resources
    • Presenters: Milman, N., Posey, L. & Pintz, C.
  • Currently the Principle Investigator for two grant-funded studies investigating the use of online and telehealth technologies to provide distance learners with opportunities for real-time, authentic practice and assessment through virtual Standardized Patient (SP) encounters.
    • The first study funded through GW's Cross Disciplinary Research Fund is developing and pilot testing a Virtual Standardized Patient Portal that will integrate an open-source Electronic Health Record (EHR) into the Adobe Connect web-conferencing platform.
    • The second study funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's Center for Regulatory Excellence will compare the educational outcomes of face-to-face and telehealth-enabled SP encounters.
  • Fischler School of Education and Human Services, Nova Southeastern University – Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology and Distance Education (2007)
  • The University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Master of Arts in Instructional Systems Development (1992)
  • Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University – Bachelor of Arts in Producing for the Electronic Media (1982)
  • Pintz, C & Posey, L (2013). Preparing students for graduate study: An eLearning approach. Nurse Education Today, 33(7), 734-738.
  • Posey, L. (2013). Best practices in blended learning: snapshots from a hybrid bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. In Jan Herrington et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2013 (pp. 350-355). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved March 25, 2014 from
  • Posey, L., Davis, S., Sheinglold, B. and Briggs, L. (2014). Communities of inquiry in online nurse practitioner education. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 10 (10), pp. 77-86.
  • Posey, L. & Pintz, C. (2014) Easing students’ transition to online graduate education. Distance Learning, 11 (1), 63-66. (Invited Paper)
  • Posey, L., Plack, M., Snyder, R., Feur, M., Dinneen, P. and Wiss, A. (2015). Developing a pathway for an institution wide e-portfolio program. International Journal of ePortfolio. 5(1), 75-92.
  • Milman, N., Posey, L., Pintz, C. & Zhou, P. (2015). Online master’s students’ perceptions of institutional supports and resources: Initial survey results. Online Learning Journal, 19(4).
  • Posey, L. & Egerton, E. (2016). Design with evaluation in mind: Assuring quality in a newly blended nursing program. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(1), 9-15.
  • Posey, L. & Pintz, C. (2016). Transitioning a bachelor of science in nursing program to blended learning: Successes, challenges & outcomes. Nursing Education in Practice.