An Asynchronous Curriculum
Welcome to the open-access Health Professions Education Research (HPER) course.
Health professions education research includes experimental, applied and practice-based research. In fact, education research may be better described as education scholarship, “an umbrella term that can encompass … the many facets of education research, as well as the design, implementation and evaluation of educational innovations.”(Van Melle, 2014)
HPER introduces key ideas and processes in education scholarship. As academic health professionals, we are committed to advancing our field. If you are new to the health professions or new to education scholarship, this course provides a systematic, structured approach for you to consider before turning your big idea into scholarship.
Unit 1: The Nature of Knowing
Unit 1 is about becoming familiar with a wide variety of current health professions education (HPE) research, scholarship, techniques, and considers several approaches to advancements in the field. It covers a wide range of topics in HPE research, from epistemological philosophy to various applications of research methodologies.
The Philosophy of Science
Featuring: Meredith Vanstone, Teresa Chan, Lara Varpio
The Nature of Evidence: Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
Featuring: Lara Varpio
Unit 2: Approaching the Project
Unit 2 requires the consideration of aspects of completing research or development activities, including literature searching and reviews, articulating one’s research objectives, methods and analyses, and then defending those methods. Unit 2 will provide a strong foundation for the generation of successful, high-quality research proposals that will foster novel insight in health professions education.
Searching and Reviewing the Literature
Featuring: Larkin Larmarche & Teresa Chan
Defining Research Objectives and Formulating Research Questions
Featuring: Larkin Lamarche & Teresa Chan
Unit 3: Sharing Your Project
Unit 3 challenges one’s academic and literary skills and provides the foundation to create a strong and compelling research proposal. The topics included in Unit 3 cover the articulation of an introduction, methods and discussion sections, and also examine the impact of rhetoric in the potential impact of research.
Unit 4: The Logistics of Your Project
Unit 4 is about becoming familiar with the “behind-the-scenes” work that is integral to every successful research project, including creating a research team, budgeting, timelines, and knowledge translation. By delving into these essential aspects of research, Unit 4 constructs the groundwork for the successful operation of a research project.
Working Collaboratively: Building a Research Team
Featuring: Yusuf Yilmaz, Michael Gottlieb, Mary Haas, Teresa Chan, Stefanie Sebok-Syer, Sandra Monteiro