So You Want to Teach? The Anatomy of a Course (Virtual Session 2)

When:  Dec 8, 2023 from 11:00 to 13:00 (ET)

This course will be offered virtually in three 2-hour sessions on the following dates:

  • Fridays, December 1, 8 & 15
  • Each session will meet 11 AM - 1 PM Eastern Time.


  • Heather Henderson, EdD, West Virginia University
  • Steve Davis, PhD, MPA, MSW, West Virginia University

Course Description:

Many practitioners are excited by the prospect of translating their years of experience into a course that effectively teaches the next generation of health administrators. Similarly, doctoral students are navigating the responsibilities of teaching courses for the first time. For both groups, deciding where to start when designing a course from scratch can be a daunting task. Multiple learning modalities, including the asynchronous online learning format favored by many part-time health administration students, create additional difficulties related to student engagement. Aimed at the introductory level, this full day, boot-camp type session offers doctoral students, practitioners, and new and aspiring faculty an opportunity to learn more about the best practices of teaching. Fundamental, evidence-based approaches to designing the body of a course including the Backward Design approach to course development, the Universal Design for Learning approach, as well as basic instructional strategies for engaging learners in multiple modalities will be covered. Real-world examples highlighting the development of health administration courses incorporating these approaches will also be shared. Participants will complete this course with the basic skills needed to design a syllabus, develop learning objectives and assessments matched to the level of the student learner, and provide activities that promote active engagement and maximize student learning.