The resources below will help support you in designing courses and modules. Instructional Design resources can vary widely in topics but we have included some we like below. Many reach beyond the boundaries of strict course design, but intend this section to also be a catch-all for general resources.
Association of Medical Educators of Europe (AMEE)
Carl Wieman and the Science Education Initiative
Dr. Wieman has pioneered the use of experimental techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching strategies for physics and other sciences. Below are some selected resources:
- Guide to reflection on effective course design and implementation
- Observation Guide/checklist for an Active-learning Classroom
- Resources from the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative
- Science Education Initiative Videos: www.cwsei.ubc.ca/resources/SEI_video.html (1-15 minute videos)
- Evidence-based science education in action
- Instructor Guidance: www.cwsei.ubc.ca/resources/instructor_guidance.htm
- Clicker Resources:
- Learning Goals Resources:
- Tools (COPUS observation protocol, Teaching Practices Inventory, BERI Student Engagement observation protocol, Learning Attitudes about Science surveys, …): www.cwsei.ubc.ca/resources/tools.htm
- Course Transformation Resources:
- Longer Read:
- Improving How Universities Teach Science
IDesign iDEA Book
Quick, well-organized guide to course design
John Hopkins IEE Faculty Development Modules
These modules cover a range of topics including:
Teaching Methods, Assessment and Evaluation, Adult Learning, Learners as Teachers, Concept Mapping
Below are a few resources on this topic:
NIH Educator Hub
This site houses numerous modules from the NIH in the UK. Access requires registration, but is free. Topics include the following:
- 01 - Ensuring Safe and Effective Patient Care Through Training
- 02 - Establishing and Maintaining an Environment for Learning
- 03 - Teaching and Facilitating Learning
- 04 - Enhancing Learning Through Assessment
- 05 - Supporting and Monitoring Educational Progress
- 06 - Guiding Personal and Professional Development
- 07 - Continuing Professional Development as an Educator
Stanford Faculty Development Center (SFDC)
The Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers, in operation 1985-2019, still offers workshops on basic science and clinical teaching. This curriculum design method has been used around the world.
UCSF Educational Pearls
These single page guides will help aquaint you with common educational theories and strategies.
University of Michigan - Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education
This course, hosted by Coursera, is free to enroll in and access content. Below are the course goals:
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
Books on Course Design
IDEO. (2012). Design thinking for educators.
Schwartz, D. L., Tsang, J. M., & Blair, K. P. (2016). The ABCs of how we learn: 26 scientifically proven approaches, how they work, and when to use them. WW Norton & Company.
Skeff, K. M., & Stratos, G. A. (2010). Methods for teaching medicine. ACP Press.
Wieman, C. (2017). Improving how universities teach science. Harvard University Press.
Wiggins, G., Wiggins, G. P., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by design. Ascd.