Master of Health Studies (MHST) 625

Collaboration in Teaching


Delivery Mode: Paced/home-study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: For MHS Students: MHST 601
For MN-Gen Students: NURS 608

Co-requisite: MHS and MN-Gen Students: MHST603/NURS 603

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies


Educators in health education environments collaborate with, mentor and are mentored in their roles as university instructors, clinical teachers, preceptors, continuing education facilitators, staff development educators and client educators. In all contexts successful/effective educators create/facilitate learning environments where learners are engaged and build on what they already know. Further, engaging learning environments focus on the personally relevant learning needs of participants. Being an educator requires specific skills, knowledge and attitudes, which can be acquired in part through experience and educational courses and programs. NURS/MHST 625 is an advanced course designed to support the development of your abilities in these areas. This course provides opportunities for you to reflect on and extend what you know about teaching so you are able to establish, sustain and maximize the engagement of learners.

Using a variety of e-learning strategies, theory and practice are brought to life. The course provides opportunities to practice and reflect on what you learn, as you learn. Through a series of learning activities and assignments, you will learn about personalizing learning by directing your own learning activities and about collaboration by collaborating. Each element of the course is designed to engage you as a learner, and to challenge you as an educator, both personally and professionally. As you progress through the course, you will gain new perspectives about what it means to personalize learning when working collaboratively with your students (preservice), new employees (orientation), staff members (inservice and continuing education), patients/families, and others. You will also explore the theoretical foundations of self-direction, and of effective collaborative and mentoring relationships so that you can engage in these roles with confidence. Most importantly, beyond generating enthusiasm for personalization of learning, collaboration and mentoring, this course will equip you with strategies and skills for success.

Course Goals

By the conclusion of MHST/NURS 625 students will be able to:

  1. Assess your own learning needs and the strategies and approaches that will best help you meet these needs,
  2. Consider how personal learning needs can be met through collaboration and mentoring (including precepting) in yourself and in your teaching practice,
  3. Discuss the importance of self-direction, reflection, collaboration and mentoring/precepting in educational environments and describe their role in teaching practices,
  4. Examine theoretical and conceptual frameworks that underpin effective collaborative and mentoring/precepting relationships,
  5. Identify the characteristics of successful collaborative and mentoring/precepting relationships and explain how these relationships can be attained, maintained, and/or enhanced,
  6. Explore strategies for developing collaborative and/or mentoring/precepting relationships with students (preservice), new employees (orientation), staff members (inservice and continuing education), patients/families, and others,
  7. Discuss the ethics and professional responsibilities associated with collaborative and mentoring/precepting relationships,
  8. Critically analyze collaborative and mentoring/precepting relationships, identify their strengths and limitations, and suggest ways in which they may be improved, and
  9. Reflect upon your personal attitudes, skills, and knowledge related to personalizing learning, collaboration and mentoring/precepting, and make plans for the ongoing use of these attributes and for further professional growth and development.

Course Materials

MHST/NURS 625 comprises online materials.


Melrose, S., Park, C. & Perry, B. (2015). Creative clinical teaching in the health professions. Available at

Melrose, S., Park, C. & Perry, B. (2013). Teaching health professionals online: Frameworks and strategies. Athabasca, AB, Canada: AU Press. Available at

Online Resources

Online readings are suggested in the course and students will be asked to locate additional online resources that will assist them in achieving the course objectives. An online study guide is provided.

Technical Requirements

Computer System

In order to successfully complete this course, you must own or have ready access to certain computer hardware and software programs. For complete and up-to-date information on the minimum computer requirements required to complete the graduate nursing courses, visit the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies technical site.

Course Outline

MHST/NURS 623 comprises the following four units:

  • Unit 1: From Personal Learning Needs to Collaboration and Collaborative Relationships (weeks 1-5)
  • Unit 2: Mentoring (Including Precepting) as a Collaborative Relationship (weeks 6-8)
  • Unit 3: Special Cases in Collaboration and Mentoring/Precepting (weeks 9-11)
  • Unit 4: Wrap-Up (week 12-13)

Assessment Structure

In the MHS and MN:Gen programs, students must achieve an overall program GPA of 2.7 ( B- or 70 percent), to graduate. The minimum passing grade requirement for each MHS and MN:Gen course is C- (60 percent).

The following course activities will contribute to your course grade, with the percentage weighting of each activity as follows:

Assignment Value
Assignment 1 - Cracker Barrel Sessions 20%
Assignment 2 - Course Congress 30%
Assignment 3 - Analysis of Personal Learning Journal Reflections 30%
Assignment 4 - Course Participation 20%
Total 100%


Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, June 13, 2016.