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University of Michigan

Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education

University of Michigan via FutureLearn

Overview

Learn instructional design and teaching strategies to enhance teaching practice

This interactive course, led by experts at the University of Michigan, offers you the opportunity to build in-demand skills in healthcare teaching.

You’ll learn through educational videos, readings, recommended reference books, crowd-sourced recommendations, and discussion with the course educators and other learners.

Develop your knowledge of adult learning theory

Teaching adults requires specific teaching techniques and health professions education demands a thorough understanding of educational theory.

You’ll build your knowledge of educational theory as it relates to education in the health professions and better understand the diverse learning styles and motivations of adult learners.

Upskill in instructional and assessment design

As well as enhancing your teaching methods, this course will teach you how to design lessons that encourage active learning and skill development in a diverse range of healthcare areas environments, including using strategies like clinical reasoning, simulation, and teaching with data, and supportive questioning.

You’ll learn how to set intended educational outcomes, exploring evidence-based frameworks including Bloom’s Taxonomy, Miller’s pyramid and clinical competence, and Dryfus’ Dreyfus’ model of skill acquisition

Learn how to reflect on and improve your teaching methods

The course will also encourage you to incorporate reflection and feedback into your work so that you can iterate on your instructional techniques.

You’ll even build your skills in teaching with technology, as you explore synchronous versus asynchronous online teaching formats and how to share clinical simulations online.

This course is designed for anyone actively engaged in a health professions setting such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, social work, and public health. It will be particularly useful for those involved in medical education and teaching members of the health professions.

Many of the concepts explored can also be applied more broadly to adult education.

Taught by

Caren S

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