CAPE is pleased to announce the availability of a new professional development program for Western University faculty. Jointly developed by WesternU and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Education Scholar program is a completely self-paced online curriculum designed to enhance the teaching skills of health care professionals involved in health professions education.
The Education Scholar program is comprised of 8 modules. Click any of the links below to learn more about each module:
- Module 1: Developing a Personal Working Philosophy to Guide Teaching/Learning in Health Professions Education (34KB pdf file)
- Module 2: Facilitating Learning in the Classroom (30KB pdf file)
- Module 3: Improving Outcomes through the Use of Active Learning Strategies (24KB pdf file)
- Module 4A: Distance Learning (30KB pdf file)
- Module 4B: Problem-based Learning (27KB pdf file)
- Module 4C: Learning in the Experiential Setting (36KB pdf file)
- Module 5: Assessment of Instructional Effectiveness (19KB pdf file)
- Module 6: Promoting Teaching/Learning Excellence in Your Institution (30KB pdf file)
Each module presents key concepts in health professions education through a combination of on-screen text, images, and audio clips.
Examples, case studies and demonstrations from the health professions are included to illustrate key points. Streaming video is also used to demonstrate the application of selected teaching techniques.
Exercises are provided to engage you in the learning process while you build your teaching portfolio. The program provides numerous opportunities for interaction in the form of self-assessments, surveys, and reflective questions. Field exercises are also suggested to help you put the concepts you are learning to practical use.
The questions and exercises presented in the Education Scholar program will challenge you to examine your beliefs about teaching and learning, while helping you to expand your expertise and skills as a health professions educator. As you progress through the program, you are encouraged to incorporate your insights into an electronic teaching portfolio.
With required readings and other online activities, each Education Scholar module can be completed in about 10-20 hours. Numerous further study resources are provided so you can pursue specific topics in more depth if desired.
A more comprehensive description of the Education Scholar program can be found on its public Web site at www.educationscholar.org. Click on the “About the Program” link on the left to learn more about the background, goals, and philosophy of the program. Biographical information about the faculty involved in developing the Education Scholar curriculum can also be found there. Click the "Program Demo link on the Educaion Scholar home page to view a brief flash presentation about key features of the program.
The Education Scholar program is available to all interested WesternU faculty free of charge . To sign up, follow these simple instructions:
- Go to the Education Scholar Home page
- Click on the Registered Users link in upper right corner of the screen
- On the next screen, click on Site Licensee Individual Member Signup.
- Enter the passcode WUFaculty2 in the appropriate field.
- Complete the brief online form and Submit.
Once your registration has been processed, you will receive an email message with additional instructions.
Once enrolled, your college Dean will be notified and you will have an entire year to work on the eight modules. As you complete each module, your Dean will be updated on your progress. At the end of the year, all faculty who complete at least 80% of the modules will receive a certificate of course completion at a University-wide Edscholar ceremony.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Tim Wood, Director of the Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement (CAPE), at firstname.lastname@example.org