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Education Scholar Program

Education Scholar logoCAPE is pleased to offer Education Scholar, an online 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 eight courses. Click Education Scholar Curriculum for a brief summary of each course.

Education Scholar videoEach course presents fundamental concepts in health professions education through a combination of on-screen text, graphics and images. Examples, case studies and demonstrations from the health professions are included to illustrate key points. Streaming video is used to demonstrate the application of selected teaching techniques.

Each course includes exercises 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. An objective posttest at the end of each module measures the extent to which you’re meeting the course objectives.

Education Scholar exerciseThe 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.

Required and suggested readings are provided online, so there are no required texts.  However, a list of print and online resources are provided at the end of each module 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 http://www.educationscholar.org. The About the Program link provides on the the background, goals, and philosophy of the program. Biographical information about the course authors can also be found there.

The Education Scholar program is available to all interested WesternU faculty free of charge.  To sign up:

  1. Go to the University Portal at http://you.westernu.edu and log in using your university username and password.
  2. Click the Training tab and locate the Education Scholar portlet on the page.
  3. Follow the instructions provided.

Once your registration has been processed, you will receive an email message with additional instructions.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Tim Wood, Director of the Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement (CAPE), at tjwood@westernu.edu

Click here to go directly to the Education Scholar Home page