Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

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Course 1: Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Theoretical Perspectives and Context

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10 week course

Course Code: NUR-CPD-EDU1-

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  • Course Description

    This 10-week on-line course focuses on development of a foundational knowledge base in education theory and pedagogical issues relevant to nursing education in the practice setting. Participants will explore the challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning, and educational leadership within the unique context of practice settings. The course will include:

    • exploration of standards and competencies for the nurse educator
    • scholarship and theoretical perspectives of adult teaching /learning relevant to nursing education in the practice setting
    • conceptualization of a personal teaching philosophy
    • the development of the nurse educator as a leader in supporting professional practice

    Course Objectives

    By the end of this course participants will be able to:

    1. Compare traditional and contemporary theoretical perspectives in adult teaching and learning
    2. Identify the relevance of learning theory to the role of the nurse educator
    3. Describe different learner profiles and implications for educational programs
    4. Develop appreciation for scholarship and evidence-based teaching as important elements of the nurse educator role
    5. Articulate a personal teaching philosophy incorporating select adult learning theories
    6. State guiding standards/role requirements for nurse educators
    7. Identify current issues, challenges, and approaches for working & educating in complex clinical contexts
    8. Examine factors affecting the teacher /learner relationship in relation to the unique learning needs of health care professionals and staff
    9. Reflect on own transitional needs and development as a nurse educator and education leader


    Nurses and health professionals with an interest in nursing education in the practice setting. This course will be of importance to those who have current responsibilities for nursing education and/or professional practice as a component of their roles who wish to enhance their knowledge, as well as, for those considering a role in nursing education as a career opportunity.

    Please Note: This is one of three required courses for the “Certificate in Nursing Education for the Practice Setting” Learners may take this as an individual course without completing the full certificate requirements, however, if taken as part of the certificate, all three required courses must be completed within a two year period. The other two courses are:

    Applicants who have successfully completed NUR 1074Y Facilitating Learning: Nursing Perspectives while enrolled in the MN program at LSBFON can request “Advanced Standing” for this first course. They would not be required to complete the first course to meet the requirements for the “Not-for–credit Certificate” through the Centre for Professional DevelopmentThey must however, complete the remaining two courses within two years of completing the NUR1074Y.

    What Others Have Said

    “The course is engaging in a way that it transforms the way we think and do differently not only as a nurse clinician but nurse educators that make a difference!”

    “I really enjoyed this course and thought that the facilitators did a great job. I learned so much in such a short period of time. I look forward to the next course”

    “Ten weeks ran so fast because it was mind provoking to the extent of changing the way I think and do on both learning and discovering various teaching pedagogies or androgogies.  It is worth the investment!”

    “Highly recommended to all novice nurse educators!”

  • Course Outline

    This is a 10-week on-line course accessed through the University of Toronto’s Learning Portal (Quercus). It is primarily self-paced; however participants are required to engage in discussions and submit activities/assignments within identified timelines (weekly). It is estimated that up to 8 hours of study per week is required for successful completion.  

    In each of the 10 weeks, participants are expected to: 

    • View an e-learning module 
    • Read required readings  
    • Participate in the learning activities/assignments 

    Learning activities and assignments will provide opportunities for reflection and demonstration of learning. For this course, the learning activities / assignments include: 

    • On-line discussion activities which provide an opportunity for participants to learn from the varied experiences, roles and perspectives of others 
    • One LIVE (via Zoom) session will take place for faculty & participants to engage with one another in a group discussion (alternative option is also available for these activities for those unable to attend) 
    • The submission of two short written learning activities  
    • The submission of two (5-6 page) papers.
    Weekly Progress Learning Module Topics Evaluative Components
    Week 1 Introduction to course and Online details BE A LEADER-  MAKE A DIFFERENCE… The Nurse as Education Leader Discussion Board Post
    Week 2 THEORY WITHOUT PRACTICE IS JUST AS INCOMPLETE AS PRACTICE WITHOUT THEORYTeaching and Learning – Theoretical Perspectives For Nursing Pt 1  Discussion Board Post
    Week 3 A TEACHER IS ONE WHO MAKES HIMSELF (HERSELF) PROGRESSIVELY UNNECESSARY Teaching and Learning – Theoretical Perspectives For Nursing Pt 2 Activity #1
    Week 4 WHY DO I NEED A TEACHING PHILOSOPHY? The Nurse Educator –Teaching Philosophy, Scholarship and Evidence Discussion Board Post
    Week 5 PRIORITY IS A FUNCTION OF CONTEXT… Addressing Challenges in the Learning Environment Assignment #1
    Week 6 WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY, THE TEACHER APPEARS… What Do We Know About the Adult Learner? Discussion Board Post
    Week 7 THE DOOR THAT NOBODY ELSE WILL GO IN… The Nurse as Unique Learner. Activity #2
    Week 8 THE TEACHER MUST BE CAPABLE OF BEING MORE TEACHABLE THAN THE APPRENTICE… Development Of Nurse Educator Role Discussion Board Post
    Week 9 I TEACH THEREFORE I LEARN What Are Characteristics of a Good Nurse Educator? LIVE Discussion Session
    Week 10 WE DO NOT LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE, WE LEARN FROM REFLECTING ON EXPERIENCE… Reflective Teaching Practice Discussion Board Post

    Assignment #2

  • Faculty

    Manjit Dhanoa-Yasi RN, BScN, MN (she/her)
    Staff RN, Unity Health (St. Michael’s Hospital), Womens Health Care Centre

    Manjit (Manj) Dhanoa-Yasi earned her BScN and MN from the University of Toronto.  Her clinical practice expertise is primarily in acute care perinatal nursing.  Manj has gained extensive teaching, coaching and mentoring experience in clinical practice settings through a variety of positions held over her almost 3 decade career including staff RN, preceptor, supervisor, manager, educator and clinical instructor.  As a former Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) in the undergraduate program at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg’s Faculty of Nursing, Manj taught and supported adult learning in the classroom, clinical practice and simulation lab settings.  Manj’s teaching scholarship included a funded 2 year project for development of the undergraduate program’s clinical teaching excellence e-learning hybrid program and evidence based best practices in curricular integration of innovative learning strategies such as virtual gaming simulation.  As a consultant for the faculty’s Centre for Professional Development, Manj co-developed and co-taught The Foundations and Scholarship of Clinical Teaching Workshops and Course 3: Assessment and Evaluation of this certificate program.  Manj holds a certificate in E-learning and is the recipient of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing’s Betty Burcher Mentorship Award (2016), Kudos Award (2020) and the Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award (2021).

    Colleen McNamee, RN, MN (she/her)
    Professional Practice Leader, Nova Scotia Health Authority

    Colleen McNamee is a Registered Nurse with over 17 years of experience in direct care, education, professional practice, research, and leadership. She has a BScN from Dalhousie University and an MN from the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Her clinical expertise is primarily with trauma, neurosurgical, and general surgical acute care patient populations and she has held multiple roles throughout her career, including staff nurse, manager, practice lead, educator, clinical instructor, preceptor, and mentor. Colleen has taught in both academic and clinical practice settings, including facilitating learning for undergraduate and graduate nursing students, staff nurses, interprofessional team members, educators, managers, directors, and other health care leaders. Her current role is as a Professional Practice Leader with Nova Scotia Health, where she provides guidance and leadership on professional practice and education at the individual, team, program, and system level.

  • Registration Information


    Early Bird price (ends August 12, 2022) $829 + HST
    Regular price (starts August 13, 2022) $920 + HST
    U of T Nursing Alumni save 15%* $780+ HST
    U of T Nursing Adjunct and Status Faculty save 15%*** $780 + HST

    Site Groups

    A group discount rate is available for site groups of three or more people. For details please contact

    Please Note

    • Refund Policy – To withdraw from a course, send a written request to by August 12, 2022. No refunds will be given after this date. All refunds are subject to an administrative fee of $100 + tax. Alternatively, a colleague may attend in your place. Please send your substitution request at least 3 days prior to the course to
    • Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline: September 7, 2022
    • U of T Nursing Alumni discount is available to BScN, MN, PMNP Diploma, MScN or PhD graduates of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
    • U of T Nursing Faculty discount is available to individuals with a faculty position, adjunct or status appointment, or are a Clinical Instructor (current academic year only) at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
    • Student discount is available to individuals currently registered in the BScN, MN, PMNP or PhD programs at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.
    • Applicable taxes (13% HST) will be added to the registration fees.
    • Course Cancellation Policy – The Centre for Professional Development reserves the right to cancel courses due to circumstances. The decision to cancel a course is normally made 15 days prior to the course. If you are enrolled in a course which is subsequently cancelled, you may apply your fee to another course, or receive a full refund. The Centre is not responsible for any travel or other expenses incurred by you.
  • Financial AssistanceOSAP Approved

    OSAP Funding

    The Ontario Student Assistance Program now offers funding for micro-credentials (short training programs offered by post-secondary institutions), including a number of courses offered by the Centre for Professional Development. This funding initiative is part of Ontario’s micro-credentials strategy, helping learners access more opportunities to train or upskill for in-demand jobs through loans and grants.

    How to Apply for OSAP Funding

    This course is OSAP approved (more approved courses are listed below, and you can also verify on the Micro-credentials Portal). To apply for financial assistance through OSAP you will need to establish an OSAP account. You must apply before the course completion date. Visit

    Once you have registered for an eligible OSAP Micro-credential program, the University Registrar’s Office requires a Micro-Credential Program information form to be completed to process your OSAP application. Please fill out the top section of the form and send it to to get assistance in completing the form.

    Download the Micro-credential Program Information Form (PDF)

    For questions regarding the OSAP Micro-Credential funding, eligibility or application process, please contact UofT’s Enrolment Services directly at, or by phone at 416-978-2190 for assistance.

    Eligible courses offered by the Centre for Professional Development

    • Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning in Primary Health Care: A Review for Nurse Practitioners
    • Advanced Ostomy Care and Management
    • Complex Symptom Management in Palliative Care for Nurse Practitioners
    • Controlled Drugs and Substances: Essential Management and Prescribing Practices
    • End of Life Care Management for Nurse Practitioners
    • Integrating a Palliative Approach to Care and Essential Communication Skills for Nurse Practitioners
    • Leadership & Management in Health Care: Managing Business
    • Leadership & Management in Health Care: Managing People
    • Leadership & Management in Health Care: Managing Practice, Quality Care & Operational Performance
    • Leadership & Management in Health Care: Role, Competencies, and Context
    • Mental Health 1 for Nurse Practitioners
    • Mental Health 2 for Nurse Practitioners
    • Mental Health 3 for Nurse Practitioners
    • Mental Health 4 for Nurse Practitioners
    • Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Assessment and Evaluation
    • Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Design, Delivery and Facilitation
    • Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Theoretical Perspectives and Context
    • Point-of-Care Clinical Leadership for Managing Quality Care & Operations in Long-Term Care
    • Point-of-Care Clinical Leadership for Working With & Leading Long-Term Care Teams
    • Point-of-Care Clinical Leadership in the Context of Long-Term Care
    • Pressure Injuries and Complex Surgical Wounds: An Advanced Practice Course
    • Review of Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
    • Role of the Nurse Practitioner and Care of the Hospitalized Adult 1
    • Role of the Nurse Practitioner and Care of the Hospitalized Adult 2
    • Role of the Nurse Practitioner and Care of the Hospitalized Adult 3
    • Role of the Nurse Practitioner and Care of the Hospitalized Adult 4
    • Wound Management for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses: A Best Practice Boot Camp on Lower Extremity Ulcers
  • Contact Us

    Phone: (416) 978-1784
    Address: Centre for Professional Development
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    Suite 130
    155 College Street
    Toronto, ON  Canada M5T 1P8

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