Learning Theories and Teaching Methods for Nurse Educators – NURS 764

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/09/2022

Course Description

This course provides an overview of major research based theories of adult learning and knowledge development. Application of theory to the planning and execution of various phases of curriculum across a variety of educational settings is explored. Students will engage in self-reflection to improve teaching practices through strategies such as use of personal attributes, demonstrating enthusiasm for nursing and the teaching-learning process, use of technology, and respect for the learner. Individual learning styles and unique needs of students will be explored, including international, adult, multicultural, educationally disadvantaged, physically challenged, at-risk, and second degree learners. Students will be encouraged to develop an individual teaching style utilizing research based theory and engage in continuous self-evaluation as life-long learners.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Advanced nursing practice may include the role of nurse educator. This course is designed to increase teaching effectiveness in both didactic and clinical areas. It is important for the nurse educator to be well versed in principles of teaching and learning as well as various teaching methodologies.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply theories of adult learning, learning styles, and knowledge development of planning and execution across the academic nursing curriculum. (PLO 1; NLNC 1, 4)
  2. Develop an individual teaching style utilizing a variety of teaching methods and strategies from a biblical/Christian worldview. (PLO 4, 7; NLNC 1, 2)
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in the use of educational technologies. (PLO 4; NLNC 1, 3)
  4. Engage in self-reflection to improve teaching practices, relationships with faculty and students, and personal scholarship. (PLO 5; NLNC 1–8)
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of special needs and considerations for various student populations such as interactional, multi-cultural, and second degree learners. (PLO 6, 7; NLNC 1, 2, 5, 8)

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, you are required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each discussion. Each thread does not have a required word count. However, it will be graded on course-related knowledge, including depth and breadth of discussion. In addition, the student will reply to at least 2 other classmate’s thread. Graduate-level writing in current APA format (excluding cover page) is expected. Each thread must reference 2 peer-reviewed journal articles, and each reply must include 1 peer-reviewed journal article.

You will develop a class/learning project. The class/ learning project will be submitted in the following parts throughout the duration of the course:

Topic, Bibliography, and Objectives Assignment

You will choose a topic from a list of major nursing education subjects suitable for an undergraduate nursing course.  You will develop course objectives, a  course bibliography, and discuss a teaching/learning theory as part of this assignment. It will be 5-7 pages and include at least 2-3 scholarly references, in addition to 10-15 identified bibliography sources. 

Classroom Teaching Plan Assignment

You will develop a 4-6 page classroom teaching plan. It must include: an outline of topics and assessments for 1 semester; a plan for theory integration; at least an hour of lecture deliverables; and details of how the plan relates to the objectives. This assignment should include 3-5 scholarly references.

Innovative Strategies Assignment

You will discuss at least 2 innovative strategies that could be used in a classroom setting in a 4-6 page paper. At least 2-3 scholarly sources should be used in this assignment.

Clinical Teaching Plan Assignment

You will develop a 5-7 page plan for teaching a group of undergraduate students in a live clinical rotation. The plan will include objectives, conference activities, student learning strategies, and learning domains addressed. You must include at least 2-3 scholarly references as well as applicable supplemental material.

Technology Application Assignment

You will discuss how you would utilize technology to teach and/or reinforce concepts. The paper must include 2-3 references and be 4-6 pages in length.

Service Learning/Final Submission Assignment

The student will describe how he/she might design either a service learning project or a mission trip that would reinforce concepts of the chosen topic. This assignment and all previous assignments will be combined for submission as a comprehensive teaching portfolio on the student’s chosen topic of interest.