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Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education (Coursera)

This course provides those involved in educating members of the health professions an asynchronous, interdisciplinary, and interactive way to obtain, expand, and improve their teaching skills. These skills can then be applied within their own professional context, with a variety of learners, extending across many stages.

After completing this course, learners will:

1. Understand educational theory as it relates to health professions education

2. Match instructional methods with desired educational outcomes

3. Learn a variety of applied teaching techniques

4. Share successful teaching strategies

Suggested resources will include educational videos, individual readings, recommended

reference books, and crowd-sourced recommendations. All students should have

dependable access to the internet with video streaming capabilities. Some students

may want the ability to utilize on-line video conferencing as well.

Who is this class for:

While no specific pre-requisite knowledge is required, this course will be most beneficial to individuals who are actively engaged in a health professions setting such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, social work, and public health.



In this unit you will learn about adult learning theory, including learning styles and motivation, metacognition, social learning theory, and professional identity formation.

Graded: Quiz 01.01 – Motivation and Learning

Graded: Quiz 01.04 – Reflective Judgment Quiz


In this unit you will learn about formulating Intended Learning Outcomes, including Bloom’s Taxonomy, Miller’s pyramid and clinical competence, and Dryfus’ model of skill acquisition.

Graded: Quiz 02.01: Learning Domains

Graded: 02.01 – Creating ILOs using Bloom’s Taxonomy


In this unit you will learn about instructional design and individual assessment, including multiple-choice question writing, skill assessment, oral presentation, and rubrics and standardization.

Graded: Quiz 03.01 – MCQ Quiz

Graded: Quiz 03.02 – Skills Assessment

Graded: Quiz 03.04 – Rubrics and Standardization


In this unit you will learn about knowledge transfer, including active learning in large lecture formats, supportive questioning, and “Big Ticket” technique.

Graded: Quiz 04.02 – Supportive Questioning

Graded: Quiz 04.03 – “Big Ticket” Items


In this unit you will learn about skill development, including simulation, teaching with data, and clinical reasoning.

Graded: Quiz 05.01 Simulation

Graded: 05.01 Simulation

Graded: In-Video Quiz 05.02 NOAA Data


In this unit you will learn about attitudes in instructional techniques, including reflection, feedback, and incorporating art, music, and theatre.

Graded: 06.01 – Reflection

Graded: Quiz 06.02 Feedback


In this unit you will learn about teaching with technology, including large lecture format, synchronous versus asynchronous formats, and high fidelity clinical simulations.

Graded: 07.01 Large Lecture Format

Graded: 07.03 High Fidelity Clinical Simulations