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NURS610 - Learner-Centered Teaching Methodologies

Course Details

Course Code: NURS610 Course ID: 4797 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The nurse educator must be proficient in developing and designing curriculum supportive of diverse learners in a variety of settings. This course introduces students to theoretical models and teaching methodologies to create stimulating learner-centered environments in both clinical and academic settings. This course explores the pedagogy of delivering effective nursing curricular content in learning environments that combine face-to-face and distance formats (blended learning) and those that deliver instruction completely online.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
11/30/21 - 04/29/22 05/02/22 - 06/26/22 Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the MSN Program Outcomes (PO):

  1. Incorporate education theories and models in developing teaching strategies that meet the needs of diverse learners with unique learning styles (PO 1, 8) (NECO 2)
  2. Design innovative evidence based teaching strategies to foster acquisition of knowledge and skill in structured and unstructured educational settings (PO 4) (NECO 2)
  3. Utilize multiple types of electronic and informational technologies to engage learners in educational environments that enhance learning (PO 5) (NECO 2)
  4. Evaluate the use of simulation in various learning environments. (PO 5) (NECO 3)
  5. Compare and contrast the activities that support civil empowerment and meaningful learning in the clinical setting. (PO 4) (NECO 2)
  6. Examine the role of faculty, preceptors, patient educators, staff development instructors and community liaisons in civil non-traditional learning environments. (PO 7)
  7. Evaluate teaching strategies that align with program and course outcomes, and foster learner development in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. (PO 4, 5, 7) (NECO 3)
  8. Articulate a written personal teaching philosophy that synthesizes elements of theory, beliefs, teaching strategies for a variety of environments (classroom, practicum, simulation, skills lab), active learning, civility, diversity, learning styles, and real world examples. (PO 1, 8)
  9. Reflect upon student learning outcomes of this course to determine how the outcomes were met and how learning can be utilized in the future. (PO 8)

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Masters Essentials covered in this course include I, II, V, IV, IX.


Please join the discussions each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Discussions are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. In this class there are 17 graded discussions. Eight of these discussions (1 per week) are reflection discussions, and you will be graded on completion of the reflection questions, not on the content.


  • Post the initial response to each discussions by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to more than 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the discussions.
  • All discussions can be accessed in the Discussions section of the course.
  • Respond to all questions posed to you in your initial post by instructor and/or peers.

An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:55 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to discussions being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:55 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.

Tests/ Quizzes

There are no tests/quizzes in this course.

Written Assignments

There are 4 written assignments due throughout the course. All assignment instructions and grading rubrics are located in the Assignments area of MyClassroom. Assignments are due by 11:55 pm EST on the Sunday of the week they are assigned, or as indicated in the Assignments area.

Required Course Textbook:

All required readings and resources are available within MyClassroom.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Book Title:Designing and Teaching Online Courses in Nursing (Ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Springer Publishing Company Lib
Author:Kennedy, S.
Unit Cost:$51.26
Book Title:Teaching in Nursing and Role of the Educator : The Complete Guide to Best Practice in Teaching, Evaluation and Curriculum Development (Ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Springer Publishing Company Lib
Author:Oermann, M.
Unit Cost:$84.31
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Book Title:Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Review Manual, 2nd ed. - this title is required in NURS606/610/620/695/699 (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Springer Lib
Author:Wittmann-Price, Godshall, M. and Wilson, L.
Unit Cost:$76.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.