Western University of Health Sciences Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement (CAPE) Western University of Health Sciences
Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement (CAPE)

Services We Offer

CAPE Workshops

We offer a multitude of workshops on different topics ranging from classroom assessment techniques to test item writing. Check our registration website to sign up or browse our schedule to see what activities are on the horizon.


On-Demand Training Options

CAPE is proud to present on-demand training options that empower faculty and staff to take professional development into their own hands – accessing training when and where they want it.

How to get to the YOU Portal Page and find the Training tab

Lynda.com – is a professionally produced training solution that provides on-line training on a myriad of software products as well as business and creative topics. Access is provided through the WesternU Portal under the “How Do I” link.

 Watch this Lynda.com video to find out more

20 minute Mentor Commons & Magna Commons archive of Full Length Webinars - through MagnaPubs.com a leading training provider in higher education topics. Each on-demand webinar provides a comprehensive presentation –  in approximately 20 minutes the videos from Mentor Commons will allow you to maximize your training time and still leave plenty of time for your teaching and the students; whereas the Magna Commons videos  (60 to 90 minutes long) are that webinars allow you to dedicate more time to current and relevant topics related to teaching and learning. E-mail to cape@westernu.edu if you need the WesternU authorization codes that will allow access under the University subscription.


New Faculty Orientation

Held annually in July at the start of the academic year, this orientation provides information on departments, services and resources that new faculty will find valuable in their roles at Western University. The New Faculty Online Orientation web page is a handy companion resource that can be accessed anytime.


Outside Guest Speakers/Facilitators

The faculty members listed as guest speakers have volunteered to be available to the news media in the areas of their individual academic expertise. Visit our Experts Guide to learn more.


Academic Boot Camp

Our hand-picked team of presenters for Academic Boot Camp (ABC) introduces new faculty to concepts in teaching and learning especially those that are specific to Graduate Medical Education. Faculty are hired because of the expertise and talent they possess in their profession, but ABC helps to cultivate concepts and talent in pedagogy – topics in which most medical professionals are not versed. ABC is a multi-day interactive program that mixes presentations and hands-on activities to help clarify concepts for participants. It also provides a chance for faculty from the various colleges of WesternU to interact and forge interprofessional relationships.


Needs Assessment and Evaluation

CAPE periodically assesses what kinds of activities should be offered through surveys and discussions with faculty, Deans, the administration and the Faculty Development Committee. We also document participant ratings of all CAPE activities and workshops which help direct how to improve our future activities.


New Faculty Orientation

Each year Academic Affairs offers a university wide half day orientation for all new full-time faculty. The New Faculty Orientation website offers new faculty the chance to learn more about our organization, how to navigate the ins and outs of teaching on campus, how to facilitate the process of conducting research, and general information useful as a new faculty member.


Faculty Development Committee

The Faculty Development Committee brings together CAPE and faculty representatives who are interested in faculty development and teaching and learning issues, from each of the colleges. Together members advise and direct CAPE activities in areas most beneficial for faculty.


Measuring and Assessing – Teaching and Learning Styles and Other Standardized Tests

To assist faculty in their ability to measure student and faculty teaching and learning styles, Institutional Research offers multiple instruments to measure individual styles, such as the online Keirsey Personality Sorter and Grasha Teaching Style Inventory. In addition, critical thinking and ethical reasoning test instruments can help measure student achievement of specific learning objectives for educational research and scholarly teaching projects. Contact our office for more information on ordering and administering these tests, some at no cost to programs.


Continuously Learning about New Innovations in Health Professions Education

Keeping abreast of the latest innovations in health professions education is a large task – our unit keeps up to date through conferences and institutes, both regional and national. In addition, we can offer financial support to faculty who are pursuing innovative teaching and learning projects and seek to travel to scholarly meetings.