New Graduate to Use Roosevelt University Degree to Shape Health-sciences Education


CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–December 11, 2014. Fraser Smith entered the Master’s in Training and Development Program at Roosevelt University to improve his teaching methods.

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On Friday, Dec. 12, he will graduate with the know-how to help many, many others improve on what they learn as well.

An associate professor and assistant dean at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Ill., Smith believes he and many other health-science educators over-rely on lectures as their primary teaching tool.

Thanks to Roosevelt’s Master’s in Training and Development Program, he now has the tools he needs to make learning in the Naturopathic Medicine Program he oversees more interesting, accessible and cutting edge.

“Fraser Smith came into our program knowing his subject backward and forward, and he leaves it with a lot of new ways to present what he knows to his students most effectively,” said Vince Cyboran, associate professor of Training and Development at Roosevelt and a longtime veteran trainer in corporate America.

A good model for how Roosevelt’s Master’s in Training and Development degree is being applied in the field today, Smith has begun to redesign curricula in the Naturopathic Medicine Program at National University of Health Sciences, using tools and techniques he learned in the Roosevelt program.

“Dr. Smith’s work is an excellent example of how principles of adult learning and technology can benefit academia. We are seeing an explosion of opportunity for our students in academic settings as growing emphasis is placed on student-centered learning and assessment, particularly in online course design and instruction.” said Kathleen Iverson, chair of Roosevelt’s graduate program in Training and Development.

“Typically in medical school, we don’t give a lot of thought to designing instruction,” added Smith, who is redesigning his program to include a hybrid curriculum in which both online and in-class training tools are used.

“We’ve tended to think that students in medical school are so smart that we don’t need to think much about presentation, but the Roosevelt program instilled me with the understanding that different training approaches really do make a difference in how much one learns.”

Sequenced lesson plans for adult learners and incorporation of social media, including You Tube, e-learning and screencasts into coursework are among the many innovations that Smith has begun considering for inclusion in National University’s Naturopathic Medicine Program.

“I was looking for ways to improve myself,” remarked Smith of the Master’s in Training and Development Program that is offered online or in a hybrid online-classroom format.

“Now I can pass on what I’ve learned to also improve the way that our students learn,” the new Roosevelt graduate said.


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