When taken in sequence, the modules that compose the teaching excellence curriculum provide a valuable learning experience for health professionals new to the art and science of teaching. While experienced health professions educators will also gain new insights from completing the program in its entirety, the curriculum is designed to provide access to selected modules based on specific need.
Module 1 - Developing a Personal Working Philosophy to Guide Teaching/Learning in Health Professions Education
This module is designed to provide health professions faculty the opportunity to identify beliefs, values, and biases about the educational process that will help them address challenges in their teaching environment.
Module 2 - Facilitating Learning in a Traditional Classroom Setting
This module is designed to provide health professions educators with the knowledge and experiences that will help them successfully plan and implement learner centered, classroom-based instruction.
Module 3 - Improving Outcomes through the Use of Active Learning Strategies
This module goes beyond traditional teaching skills by introducing strategies that faculty can use to engage learners more actively in the teaching/learning process. In addition to demonstrating selected techniques, the module explores the impact of these strategies on student learning and faculty roles.
Module 4A - Distance Learning
This module introduces health professions faculty to the scope, direction, and challenges of distance education. Participants will learn how to prepare students for distance learning, and how to develop and facilitate instruction using a variety of distance education technologies.
Module 4B - Problem-based Learning
This module introduces health professions educators to the concept of PBL and its use in clinical and non-clinical education. The module provides guidelines for implementing PBL and demonstrates relevant facilitation techniques.
Module 4C - Learning in the Experiential Setting
This module focuses on the role of the preceptor, and introduces the skills needed to be an effective preceptor-educator in the practice environment. The module also presents a model for planning, facilitating and assessing learning outcomes in the experiential setting.
Module 5 - Assessment of Instructional Effectiveness
A growing issue in health professions education is the impact of instructional programs on learners. This module is designed to introduce health professions faculty to the scope and purpose of student outcome assessment and its contribution to continuous educational quality improvement..
Module 6 - Promoting Teaching/Learning Excellence in Your Institution
This module will prepare faculty members to serve as change agents within the context of their own institutions, professions, and programs. Primary emphasis is on the development of skills in developing an integrated, scholarly approach to key roles and responsibilities in health professions education, leadership innovation, and change in the higher education setting.