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Learning Theories for Radiologic Science Educators

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 6113
Section Number
RADS 6113
Summer I 2016
Days & Times


Dr. Kevin R. Clark (view Profile)


Publication Manual of the American Psychological A
Ways of Learning: Learning Theories and Learning S
Course Objectives

The student will:

  • Learn and apply key concepts, models, and strategies related to the different theories of learning.
  • Identify key theorists associated with the different theories of learning.
  • Critically engage in the theoretical frameworks in relation to teaching and learning.
  • Develop a philosophy of teaching statement.
Course Expectations

This course provides a comprehensive overview of research and theory related to human learning. The course emphasizes several theoretical frameworks on learning including behaviorist, cognitive, and socio-cultural perspectives.

Grading Standards

Philosophy of Teaching Statement


Sample Lesson


Discussion Boards




Percentage Required










59 and below











Deadlines for submission of assignments are provided in this syllabus. Failure to comply with the established deadlines may result in a grade reduction. Assignment submissions will be considered complete and will be graded as such.

The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of "W" is 4:00pm, CST, July 14, 2016.

Submission Format Policy

Philosophy of Teaching Statement (50%)
Effective teaching requires not only the acquisition of content knowledge but also a thorough understanding of various pedagogical concepts and principles. The students will recognize the adoption of a specific teaching style or styles after being exposed to the different theories of learning. The students will use this knowledge to develop their personal teaching philosophy statement. Often, instructors are asked what their philosophy of teaching statement is during job interviews and tenure and promotion opportunities.

A teaching philosophy statement is a narrative that includes an instructor’s conception of teaching and learning, a description of how he or she teaches, and justification for why he or she teaches in that manner. The statement should also convey the instructor’s teaching values, beliefs, and goals to a broader audience (usually upper administration).

For this assignment, the statement should address three to five (3-5) areas unique to the students’ personal teaching style. Some of these areas may include: lecturer vs. facilitator, inductive vs. deductive, communication, collaboration, technology, critical thinking, professionalism, hands-on learning, service learning, challenges, innovations, etc. As expected, these areas may come from one or multiple theories of learning. These areas will be used to demonstrate the instructors’ philosophy of teaching and help the audience visualize the instruction taking place in the classroom.

Other guidelines include:

  • Microsoft Word document, double-spaced, 12-pt font, 1” margins
  • APA title page not necessary (you can begin typing your narrative on the first page)
  • Two to three (2-3) pages in length
  • Acceptable to use present tense and first person
  • Include teaching strategies and methods to help audience visualize the instruction taking place in the classroom

Sample teaching philosophy statements are available within D2L. The statement should be submitted to the appropriate dropbox within D2L by the due date indicated on the course schedule within this syllabus. Be certain to review the grading rubric within D2L to understand exactly how this statement will be evaluated.

Sample Lesson (30%)

The students will create a sample lesson for a one-hour class period involving any content specific to medical imaging. Students will use the lesson plan template available within D2L to develop the lesson. The lesson plan should include a title, topic and course information, two to three (2-3) performance objectives, introduction, delivery of instruction, course resources, technology considerations, assessment guides, conclusion, and references. No course resources (PowerPoint presentations, assessments, etc.) will need to be created; the students will only document the use of such resources within the lesson.


Under the section titled “Delivery of Instruction,” students must include instruction and activities from each of the three main learning theory domains (behaviorism, cognitive constructivism, and social constructivism). The students must justify within the lesson plan template which learning theory fulfills each activity. Students’ justifications must be based on the theoretical framework provided in the course presentations, textbook, or other scholarly sources. Ultimately, the justifications should state which learning theory each activity encompasses and why. Students are encouraged to use the green text box of the lesson plan template to discuss their justifications.

The sample lesson should be submitted using the lesson plan template to the appropriate dropbox within D2L by the due date indicated on the course schedule within this syllabus. Be certain to review the grading rubric within D2L to understand exactly how this assignment will be evaluated.

Discussion Boards (20%)

Students will complete two (2) discussion boards throughout the semester. The students will address the discussion board questions by thinking critically and submitting a substantial post. Students should support their responses by citing scholarly sources including the textbook. It is not necessary to reply to the posts of others. Timeliness and thoroughness of discussion posts will be used to assess the students’ progress. Specific due dates for each discussion board prompt are indicated on the course schedule within this syllabus.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

All assignments have due dates listed in the course schedule within this syllabus. Due dates are in place to keep students on target for the semester and allow for instructors to provide detailed, constructive feedback. Assignments not turned in on time will result in a "0" being assessed for that assignment. With that being said, the instructor understands students who are enrolled in the MSRS program tracks may be responsible for managing many employees/students and family matters. If a student needs any assistance regarding a deadline, the student must contact the instructor at least two (2) days before the due date to discuss the issue. "After the fact" will not be accepted and will result in a grade of "0." Emergencies (death, severe illness, etc.) occur; thus, students should contact the instructor as soon as possible to resolve any due date conflicts. Extensions will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

This is an online course, and there are no mandatory face-to-face sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in logging into D2L for announcements and discussion board participation. Regular email checks will ensure messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.

Other Policies

Academic Dishonesty
RADS 6113 adheres to the MSU Code of Student Conduct. In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity. A student's participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct. A student should consult the MSU Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Some components of RADS 6113 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn; however, all written assignments are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and not to be shared. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they have abided by this rule.

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity and for educational purposes.

Special Needs
In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, MSU endeavors to make responsible adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff. The ODS has assistive devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be loaned to qualified individuals. A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the ODS in the Counseling Center, Clark Student Center, Room 108. Documentation of disability from a competent professional is required.

Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved. If the matter remains unresolved, the ODS will provide advice and/or assistance. The grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar.

The Director of the Counseling Center serves as the ADA Coordinator and may be contacted at (940) 397.4618, TDD (940) 397.4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center, Room 108.

Administrative Process
Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor. If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence:

    Department Chair/Graduate Coordinator - Dr. Jeff Killion (940) 397.4679
    College Dean - Dr. James Johnston (940) 397.4594
    Dean of Students - Matthew Park (940) 397.7500

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at