Health Professions Education
Master of Science in Health Professions Education - Certificate in Health Professions Education - Certificate in Online Instruction


Certificate in Online Instruction

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The Master Certificate in Online Teaching is designed to meet the growing needs of faculty and staff new to online teaching and online course design.  The program consists of 4 courses (12 credits) one which is currently offered through the Health Professions Education program and three new course offerings designed to meet the unique needs of those teaching in the online environment.  All four courses will be offered entirely online.

Additional Student Benefits: Courses in the online teaching certificate may be applied to the Master of Science in Health Professions Education.  Two of the four courses will include an interprofessional component.

Purpose: To ensure faculty and staff who are moving toward online instruction and online course design have the skills needed to be effective so they can avoid common pitfalls associated with online learning such as student isolation and confusion as  well as faculty workload.

Online Instruction Certificate Course Descriptions

    Fall Quarter
    Teaching in the Virtual Classroom

    Course Description: Students will debate the benefits and drawbacks to online formats of education, explore the use of course management systems to develop virtual classrooms, practice facilitation skills for effective online teaching, and apply curriculum design strategies to online course development. Students will also discuss the use of the online environment in teaching interprofessional courses.

    Course Objectives:
    •    Describe how online learning compares and contrasts to traditional face-to-face learning
    •    Discuss the unique role of the online facilitator
    •    Develop learning experiences using common learning management system tools
    •    Design a course module suitable for online learning
    •    Design activities that promote online student engagement
    •    Evaluate the quality of an online course

    Winter Quarter
    Online Instructional Design and Technology

    Course Description: Students will develop basic skills in the technologies commonly used in online instructional design including HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, PowerPoint with voice over, audio files, video files, and images. Mobile technology, standard formats and quality will also be discussed. Students will learn how to efficiently develop transcripts and captions so instructional media meets ADA compliance guidelines. Design principles such as color, consistency, layout and contrast will be explored.

    Course Objectives:
    •    Explore online instructional design systems
    •    Apply rules of ADA to create an ADA compliant online course content
    •    Develop multimedia components (video, audio, images) for online courses
    •    Effectively utilize technology to deliver online content
    •    Design online content that is visually appealing

    Spring Quarter
    Building an Online Learning Community

    Course Description: Students will examine the unique world of online communication.  Topics include the instructor’s role, the learner’s role, and challenges of communication in the online environment. Students will also discuss how learning activities can be constructed to foster communication and collaboration and how feedback can be used to help build student confidence and the relationship with their instructor.  Developing an online community that fosters interprofessional collaboration will also be reviewed.

    Course Objectives
    •    Discuss the unique communication challenges of distance learning
    •    Discuss the rules of netiquette
    •    Debate ethical and legal issues related to online education
    •    Efficiently utilize basic online communication tools such as email, threaded discussions, real-time conferencing for developing an online community
    •    Provide feedback that builds confidence and relationships
    •    Design learning activities that promote communication and develop a sense of community

    Summer Quarter
    Assessment & Evaluation in Online Education

    Course Description: Assessment and evaluation play a major role in determining the quality of learning in an online course.  Students will explore various formative and summative assessment techniques and discuss how they can be combined to provide a greater overall representation of student performance. They will also discuss how assessment can be utilized to maximize student potential and identify ‘at-risk’ students for early intervention.  Course evaluations will be developed and reviewed to determine their ability to drive course improvement.

    Course Objectives
    •    Discuss the importance of assessment for the identification of ‘at-risk’ students
    •    Investigate the value of utilizing varied assessment techniques
    •    Develop a course evaluation tool


About Health Professions Education:

The Health Professions Education program started in 2009.  At the time it offered a 12-credit Certificate in Health Professions Education.  To date over 50 students have completed the certificate. The program has since expanded to offer a Master of Science in Health Professions Education. The first cohort of Master of Science in Health Professions Education students graduated spring 2013. 

As of spring 2012 the program started accepting applications for all three quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring). 

Department News


Jennifer WroblePlease join us in welcoming our newest faculty member Jennifer Wroble, MSNE.

Jennifer has been a nurse for 17 years and has worked in a variety of settings, including: telemetry, home health, and day surgery.  She currently serves as the Faculty Chair in a baccalaureate nursing program in which she provides leadership for campus level faculty.  Prior to the Faculty Chair role she served as an Assistant Professor, providing didactic and clinical instruction in all levels of the nursing program. 

Past teaching experience includes developing and providing instruction for health occupations courses in high school and community college settings.  In addition, she served on the staff development team for a multi-facility healthcare system in Chicago in which she lead the course development and provided ongoing instruction in training programs for clinical and non-clinical staff.  Training programs and topics included: basic nursing assistant, preceptor training, team building, conflict management, delegation, communication, time management, infection control, wound care, human anatomy, and medical terminology.

Jennifer earned her Master of Science in Nursing Education degree from Walden University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Carroll-Columbia College of Nursing.  She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Aurora University.



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