Curriculum Overview



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Curriculum Overview


Program-wide Learning Objectives

At completion of the program, scholars will be able to:

  • Develop a systematic and scholarly approach to planning educational activities and programs that includes goal setting; development of learning objectives; learner needs assessment; development of evidence-based teaching methods; and rigorous, objective-based evaluation.
  • Reflect upon one's practice as an educator as a means of self-improvement and planning for continuing learning.
  • Participate with peers in the process of mutual review and constructive feedback.
  • Periodically evaluate one's educational activities for continuous quality improvement and documentation of one's work for summative evaluation.
  • Design scholarly projects, using systematic planning and an evidence-based approach, that meet the standards of professional peer review.
  • Conduct educational research and evaluation using high quality quantitative or qualitative methods.
  • Develop skills and strategies to use advanced technologies that will enhance one's effectiveness as an educator and a scholar.
  • Effectively disseminate one's scholarly work to professional audiences to use workshops, presentations and articles.
  • Develop a structured developmental educator portfolio to guide career planning and support promotion.
  • Perform criterion-based peer reviews of presentation abstracts and manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Create a professional network to enhance professional communication, growth, feedback, and advancement.
  • Participate in national activities to engage with the greater community of educators.

Guiding Principles for the ESP Curriculum

  1. The key theme of the curriculum, scholarship in education, is interwoven through all curriculum and program activities.
  2. We apply the principles of adult learning in all interactions with Scholars, encouraging self-direction, practical application of relevant life experiences, and career-related goal-orientation in ESP activities.
  3. Teaching sessions provide opportunities for scholars to interact with peers and practice new skills.
  4. All participants engage in projects that develop and evolve as they learn from the curriculum and provide practical experiences that embody the principles of scholarship.
  5. The collective wisdom of the peer group of Scholars is used as much as possible in the learning process (peer evaluations, feedback, support and networking).
  6. The curriculum is invigorated by the creation of powerful professional networks for each participant.
  7. The curriculum is a dynamic, evolving learning program that is based on evaluation and feedback from participants and faculty.


Curriculum Summary


We have an established sequence of activities for all cohorts, so everyone experiences the curriculum in the same order. Our intersession modules (self-directed learning activities that occur between PAS meetings), are designed to match the curricular themes of the year.

THREE-YEAR CURRICULUM

Didactic and Interactive Activities Intersession Modules
YEAR 1
THEME: EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP   SCHOLARLY PROJECTS
  • Introduction to the ESP
  • Educational Scholarship
  • Developing a Scholarly Project
ISM 1A: Refining and Evaluating an Educational Project
ISM 1B: Using a scholarly approach to build an Educator Portfolio (EP)
YEAR 2
THEME: NUTS AND BOLTS OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
ISM 2A:  Reviewing and Referencing the Literature
ISM 2B: Technology for Education
YEAR 3
THEME: SCHOLARLY DISSEMINATION
  • Presentations and workshops
  • Publications
THEME: LEADERSHIP & NETWORKING
  • Leadership self-assessment
  • Networking
  • Giving Back- becoming a mentor for others
ISM 3A: Author Development
ISM 3B: Reviewing Manuscripts

In addition to these learning activities, scholars conduct projects in educational research, innovation, or evaluation; meet regularly in small groups to discuss their scholarly projects; create and refine an educator portfolio;and formally review PAS presentations.


 

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