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New Executive Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Professional Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Science Education

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Course Descriptions

CUIN 6307: Change and Diffusion
This course deals with the exploration of the theories of diffusion of organizational change as well as the relevant professional practice literature. The course emphasizes the professional practices of leaders responsible for guiding change and reform efforts in organizations and educational institutions.

CUIN 7381: Instructional Evaluation
Students in this course will explore educational evaluation concepts and gain an understanding of theories underlying the evaluation process. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to assess educational program outcomes, plan program evaluation strategies, and competently participate in educational decisions related to program evaluation.

CUIN 7308: Computer-Mediated Communication
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the history and current practice of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) for educational, social and informational purposes. A particular emphasis will be placed on how CMC is used in healthcare-related environments. Each week of the semester, students in the course will explore and discuss a range of technologies that allow individuals and organizations to create, share and deliver information online, including many of the advantages, disadvantages and effects associated with this use. Students will also examine theoretical frameworks of CMC, research findings, and the influence and implications of emerging and future communications technologies.

Students in this course will conduct their own explorations on a particular topic or set of topics related to the impact of computer-based communication technologies in healthcare settings and present their findings to the class. Students will examine what types of people or groups are using these technologies, how these tools are being used, what anticipated and unanticipated issues have arisen from this use, what research has been done in this area, and what are the implications for educators, students, healthcare professionals, patients and others who are using CMC tools in a wide variety of personal and professional contexts. 

The list of CMC topics that will be explored in this course include:

  • Intro to Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Theories of CMC
  • Overview of the Internet & the Web
  • The Internet in Daily Life
  • Social Networks
  • Photo Sharing & Video Sharing
  • Presenting yourself Online through an e-Portfolio
  • Mobile Computing, Medical Software and Devices 
  • Online Support Groups & Virtual Communities
  • Privacy, Cyber Threats, Online Security, Identity Theft 
  • Text Messaging, Online Chat, Sexting & Cyberbullying
  • Digital/Internet Addiction, part 1 - is constant exposure to technology a health disorder?
  • Digital/Internet Addiction, part 2 - compulsive Internet use: video games, gambling, pornography, etc.
  • Educational Podcasts, Blogs, Flipped Classrooms
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • The Future of Online Learning

CUIN 7390: Instructional Design
This course is an introduction to the theoretical, experiential, and critical components of the instructional design process. Students will explore the primary methods of computer-based instruction, and the major components of instructional development. In addition, students will design a stand-alone instructional module that is materials-centered rather than teacher-mediated and can be shared and used in real educational settings. 

CUIN 7356: Issues in Distance Education
CUIN 7376: New Tools for Creating Online Educational Materials

These two courses cover the theory, design and use of teaching materials for online delivery. In addition, students will explore the use of a range of Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, podcasts, online collaboration resources and other assorted web-based tools and programs and gain hands-on experience using these applications to develop educational materials that can support online teaching and learning. 

CUIN 7378: Models of Teaching
This course is an empirical and theoretical examination of models of teaching based upon studies of teacher roles and role behaviors. In addition, this course encompasses demonstrations and simulations of various models for application to students’ own instructional settings. This course is designed to investigate a set of teaching models that have been developed and validated over the past forty years in a variety of educational settings. A teaching model is viewed in this course as a series of preplanned teacher and student actions that 1) reflects a strong philosophic or psychological theory; 2) when appropriately used, generates significant gains in student knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes; and 3) is applicable in the “real world,” in other words, it is not just theoretically possible to be implemented but can be used in medical teaching settings.

CUIN 7358: Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
CUIN 7358 focuses on the application of digital storytelling for educational purposes and combines hands-on experience using computer-based software with an investigation of current research and best practices. Students explore the use of digital storytelling as they view and discuss digital stories created by others, investigate how digital storytelling is being used to promote teaching and learning, and design and develop their own educationally-meaningful digital story projects that combine a variety of multimedia elements with instructional materials.

CUIN 7368: Digital Imaging in Education
The focus of the course is on the entire range of digital photography topics from image capture, manipulation and modification to data management, storage and distribution/delivery. Students will explore the features of digital cameras and photo editing software, including many of the most important tasks related to using digital images in an educational environment, such as:

  • How digital cameras work
  • Camera lenses and viewfinders
  • Image characteristics (image size, quality, resolution)
  • Digital photo file formats
  • Basic photography techniques (shooting, focus, exposure, shutter speed)
  • Photo composition
  • Understanding light, light meters and photographic lighting
  • Transferring digital images from camera to computer
  • Digital image editing
  • Creating info-graphics
  • Using filters and adding special effects
  • Adding digital images to Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, websites, and other software applications
  • Creating a capstone educational project with digital images

CUIN 7391: Curriculum Development for Health Sciences Education
This course is intended to provide health science professionals with an improved ability to assess current curricula, to lead curricular change, and to make curricular decisions at the course and program levels.

The content and activities of this course provide the learner with the opportunity to:

  1. Demonstrate competency of the curriculum development process (problem identification, needs assessment, goals and objectives, strategies, implementation, and evaluation) as it applies to medical education.
  2. Develop an understanding of curriculum concepts, processes, policies, and products by:
    1. Differentiating different levels at which curriculum planning and development occurs;
    2. Discussing the roles and responsibilities of curriculum stakeholders;
    3. Discussing the political nature of curriculum work;
    4. Analyzing the elements, organization, scope, and sequence of foundational curricular documents;
    5. Describing tools for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating curriculum projects, and
    6. Developing curricular documents.
  3. Critically compare and evaluate medical education curriculum products (standards, benchmarks, taxonomies, guides) and processes from different levels (international, national, state, and local). 

CUIN 7305: Design, Development & Evaluation of Presentations

CUIN 7389: Digital Media
The main focus of CUIN 7305 is on the planning, design, creation, delivery and evaluation of educational presentations. Then in CUIN 7389, students learn to use various multimedia tools and resources to support the educational presentations that they develop in CUIN 7305.

Students in these courses will:

  • Use web-based search tools to find instructionally-meaningful content;
  • Work with multimedia files, including graphic images, digital audio and digital video files;
  • Use computer-based software applications to create, modify, reformat and save digital content for use in educational presentations for teaching and learning; and
  • Explore theoretical and research issues related to designing, developing, delivering and evaluating educational presentations.

CUIN 7345: Learning Theories for Instrucion
This course is designed to provide students with exposure to important facts, concepts and principles relating to human learning. The prominent theories and concepts of human learning and instruction will be surveyed, and applications and implications of these theories will be studied. Topics will include behaviorism, cognitive information processing, meaningful learning and schema theory, situated cognition, constructivism, cognitive and knowledge development, biological basis of learning and memory, personality, creativity, Gagne’s theory of instruction, motivation and
self-regulation in learning.

CUIN 8320: Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral Research Seminar
CUIN 8320 is the last part of a research sequence that includes CUIN 8380, CUIN 8397, CUIN 8381, and CUIN 8320. This course centers on developing and writing a research proposal or as a theoretical candidacy paper. Primary emphasis is placed on students’ research questions and strategies for identifying and organizing the appropriate methodology and attendant methods to answer those questions. That is, primary emphasis is placed on the relationship between a research question and a research methodology with an equal emphasis on the philosophical and theoretical commitments underlying these relationships.

CUIN 8380: Research Methods in Curriculum and Instruction
CUIN 8380 is first part of a research sequence that includes CUIN 8380, CUIN 8397, CUIN 8381, and CUIN 8320. This course centers on three areas relevant to conducting research in medical education and leadership studies: (1) identification of initial constructs and theories that support your research interest, (2) identification of a problem statement for your area of interest, (3) critical analysis of research reports and review of research literature.

CUIN 8397: Selected Topics in CUIN - Academic Writing for Doctoral Students
The course will demonstrate principles and practices for research-based writing in the development of a doctoral thesis for healthcare professional in education. Students will learn to identify and put into practice fundamental concepts concerning style and purpose specific to the genre, and will integrate and optimize writing and research processes specific to the discipline.

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