Education Scholar

NOTE: New Education Scholar site licenses and registrations will not be accepted after June 1, 2015. The program will be discontinued on June 1, 2016, but currently enrolled schools and participants may continue using Education Scholar until that date. 

Self-Paced Online-Based Professional Development
Teaching Excellence and Scholarship Development Resources for Health Professions Educators

Are your teaching skills keeping pace with today's expectations for health professions educators?

Designed for the busy professional, the Education Scholar program offers a comprehensive online curriculum that will expand your knowledge and skills as a health professions instructor. Course concepts are presented 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. When appropriate, streaming video is also used to vividly demonstrate the application of selected teaching techniques.

The Education Scholar program is designed to engage you in the learning process. The program provides numerous opportunities for interaction in the form of self-assessments, surveys and reflective questions. These questions and exercises 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.

By providing the tools to document your professional growth, the program will better prepare you to seize the career opportunities you encounter. An because the program is entirely self-paced, you can schedule your learning around your schedule, returning to the program when it's convenient for you.

The advanced concepts and techniques included in the Education Scholar program will not only make you a better instructor, it will establish your reputation as a scholar of teaching and learning.


Course 1: Developing a Personal Philosophy to Guide Teaching-Learning in Health Professions Education
This course 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.

Course 2: Designing and Facilitating Learning for the Health Professions
This course 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.

Course 3: Ways to Engage Students and Improve Learning Outcomes
This course 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 modules explores the impact of these strategies on student learning and faculty roles

Course 4A: Distance Learning
This course 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.

Course 4B: Problem-based Learning
This course introduces health professions educators to the concept of PBL and its use in clinical and non-clinical education. The course provides guidelines for implementing PBL and demonstrates relevant facilitation techniques.

Course 4C: Learning in the Experiential Setting
This course focuses on the preceptor as an educator, and will help you develop skills to improve teaching in the health care practice setting. You will also become familiar with an instructional design process you can use to develop experiential learning activities for your students.

Course 5: Assessment of Instructional Effectiveness
A growing issue in health professions education is the impact of instructional programs on learners. This course is designed to introduce health professions faculty to the scope and purpose of student outcome assessment and its contribution to continuous educational quality improvement.

Course 6: Promoting Teaching/Learning Excellence in Your Institution
This course will prepare faculty members to serve as agents of change within the context of their own institutions 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.

Registration and Renewal Fees


First Year
Registration Fee for Individual Participant

Annual Renewal
Fee for Individual Participant

All 8 Courses



Module 1



Module 2



Module 3



Module 4A



Module 4B



Module 4C



Module 5



Module 6



Academic departments, professional groups, and staff development programs may wish to consider purchasing a site license for the Education Scholar Program. The site license provides unlimited access to all faculty within the department or program for one full year. The site license is $5,000 for the first year and $1,000 for an annual renewal.

Education Scholar Required Texts

April 1, 2011





Boyer EL. Scholarship reconsidered: priorities of the professoriate. New York: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; 1997. $20.00


Diamond RM. Designing and assessing courses and curricula: a practical guide. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers; 2008. $37.00

McKeachie WJ, Gibbs G. Teaching tips: strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers. 13th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co; 2010. $61.00


Jones TB, Meyers C. Promoting active learning: strategies of the college classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers; 1993. $40.00


Ko S. Rossen S Teaching online: A practical guide, 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin; 2010. $28.00


Wilkerson L, Gijselaers WH (Editors). Bringing problem-based learning to higher education: Theory and practice. (New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Number 68). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 1996. $29.00


Palomba, C. A. & Banta, T. W. (1999). Assessment essentials: Planning, implementing, and improving assessment in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. $43.00

Gronlund, N. E. (2008). Assessment of student achievement, 9th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. $52.00


Kotter JP. Leading change: Why transformation efforts fail (HBR OnPoint Enhanced Edition) HBR OnPoint Article; 2000.

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