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ADEA/AAL Institute
for Allied Health Educators

The ADEA/AAL IAHE offers a convenient, collaborative, and cutting-edge series of interactive online courses for full- and part-time health educators, and private practitioners embarking on a new career in academia.



The ADEA/AAL Institute for Allied Health Educators (IAHE) program is an American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and AAL collaboration.

The ADEA/AAL IAHE offers independent courses:

Upcoming 2017 Online Programs:

Courses in the ADEA/AAL IAHE series are delivered entirely online, to give you maximum flexibility, convenience, and opportunity to learn. Every live session is recorded and archived, so even if you miss a broadcast, you can view the slides and hear the instructor's commentary and Q&A with participants at your convenience.


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The ADEA/AAL IAHE series features courses divided into weekly, live evening sessions held online, with assignments before each live session. Every live presentation is recorded and archived, so even if you miss a broadcast, you can view the slides and hear the instructor's commentary and Q&A with participants at your convenience. You will be invited to participate in online discussions between sessions with the instructors and your colleagues, and you can submit questions to the instructors at any time during the program. All archived sessions, readings and assignments also will be available to you for weeks after the program concludes, to give you maximum flexibility, convenience, and opportunity to learn.

Participants can complete the assignments to earn 20 CE (ADA CERP) credits for each ADEA/AAL IAHE course, or they can choose to audit, getting full access to the materials but without completing the work or receiving the CEUs. The tuition remains the same regardless of this.


Teaching Effectively in Clinical Settings

Registration Deadline: January 20, 2017


Course Orientation: January 18, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Course Modules: January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15, and February 22, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Patient Assessment Strategies and Evaluation
    • Identify strategies for promoting the development of critical thinking skills in students in order to address the treatment needs of patients.
  • Patient Education and Risk Assessment
    • Identify strategies for creating a learning environment which is conducive to patient education and risk assessment and recognize how to incorporate components of motivational interviewing.
  • Telehealth Practices and Alternative Practices
    • Discuss the use of telecommunication systems and effects of these health care delivery methods on all levels of healthcare professional education. 
  • Interprofessional Collaboration for Patient Treatment
    • Discuss the importance of team-based health delivery collaborative practices in interprofessional education.
  • Treatment of Medically Compromised Patients
    • Develop criteria for the safe management of the medically compromised patient during clinical procedures.

The cost of $350 includes 20 CEUs


Advancing Educational Methods

Registration Deadline: March 24, 2017


Course Orientation: March 22, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Course Modules: March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19 and April 26, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Learning Theories and Teaching Strategies in the Age of Technology
    • Explore theories of learning and how to incorporate appropriate technologies for enhancing teaching and the learning environment.
  • Classroom Assessment
    • Describe current and emerging assessment methods used to assess competence in health professions students.
  • Evidence-based Decision Making
    • Identify effective practices for determining valid, relevant, and reliable evidence in teaching and learning.
  • Critical Appraisal Skills for Critical Thinking
    • Recognize how critical appraisal skills facilitate active learning and promote outcome-directed thinking.
  • Case-based Learning Strategies to Improve Student Outcomes
    • Explore strategies for implementing case-based learning into curricula for improving the way learners absorb, retain, and transfer knowledge.

The cost of $350 includes 20 CEUs



Creating a Humanistic Educational Environment

Deadline Extended Until June 5, 2017 - Register Today!


Course Orientation: June 7, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Course Modules: June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, and July 12, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Hidden Curriculum: Creating a Culture of Civility
    • Discuss strategies for managing mistakes in communication and incorporating prevention to create an engaged learning environment.
  • Use of Mindfulness Strategies
    • Identify mindfulness and contemplative pedagogy techniques for enhancing cognitive performance and management of stress in the educational environment.
  • Conflict Management
    • Apply appropriate resolution tactics to manage conflict.
  • Teaching and Feedback Styles
    • Describe the value of teaching to different learning traits and styles and the importance of appropriate feedback.
  • Academic Honesty: Strategies for Preventing and Managing Challenging Situations
    • Explore management strategies to address academic honesty and civility issues in educational settings.

The cost of $350 includes 20 CEUs



Calibrating Faculty & Managing Curriculum

Registration Deadline: October 6, 2017


Course Orientation: October 4, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Course Modules: October 11, October 18, October 25, November 1, and November 8, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Creating a Blended Learning Environment
    • Apply strategies for creating a blended learning environment.
  • Curriculum Design & Management
    • Discuss the use of curriculum mapping and course sequencing for optimal student success.
  • Content Mapping for Curriculum Outcomes Assessment
    • Identify how to align various instructional strategies with assessments.
  • Multidisciplinary Approach to Developing Rubrics
    • Develop rubrics to assess learning outcome statements in formative and summative assessments across multiple disciplines.
  • Faculty Motivation
    • Discuss motivational theories and identify factors that impact faculty motivation.

The cost of $350 includes 20 CEUs


$350 tuition per module (includes 20 CEUs)

New in 2017, enroll multiple faculty members by selecting the tier that best fits the development needs of your institution:

  • The Tier 1 Site License entitles the institution to a 20% discount on 5 to 15 participants.
  • The Tier 2 Site License provides a 25% discount on 16 or more participants.

Institutions receive the discount when the following occurs:

  • Notification of the intent to send multiple faculty is received in advance so AAL can provide the appropriate discount code.
  • If the institution is paying, multiple attendees register at the same time indicating payment by the same institutional check, PO, or credit card.
  • If each participant is paying individually, multiple attendees register at the same time and the discount will be divided evenly between the participants.

Alternatively, AAL alumni receive a $50 discount (cannot be combined with a tiered licensing discount).

To arrange for these discounts, please contact AAL Director of Professional Development Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively  or call 404-350-2098.

 The computer hardware and software requirements are very basic. To participate, all you need is a PC, Mac or laptop and an Internet connection. Your telephone or cellphone can be used for full audio participation.

In addition, there are two Adobe plugins required to ensure optimal performance. The updated Adobe Flash Player can be downloaded for free by visiting: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. The updated Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free by visiting: https://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Recommended web browsers:

  • Firefox release 12 or higher
  • Internet Explorer release 7 or higher
  • Mac OS X release 10.6 or higher
  • Google Chrome

AAL used Adobe Connect for our learning management system and online meetings. Adobe Connect system requirements are here:


You can test your hardware and software by clicking this link:

Long before the first online session of each course, you will have a chance to test your system to make sure it conforms to some minimal software requirements, and you'll be able to download any free software that your system needs. Technical assistance also will be available to you.

ADEA/AAL IAHE faculty members include nationally recognized experts in education, curriculum, and leadership in academic health care: 

Cynthia C. Amyot

M.S.D.H., Ed.D.


Floyd Butz IV

M.P.H., R.N., RDH


Marcia M. Ditmyer

Ph.D., M.S., MBA, M.C.H.E.S.

Senior Consultant

Tami Grzesikowski

RDH, M.Ed.


Debbie Holexa

M.A.Ed., RDH


Diana Macri

RDH, B.S.D.H., M.S.Ed.


Ian Marion

D.D.S., M.S.


Jennifer B. McCants



Michael Silveus

D.D.S., M.S.

Vice President

Felicia Tucker-Lively

MPH, Ph.D.

Director of Professional Development

Cheryl Westphal Theile

Ed.D., RDH


Rebecca S. Wilder





"AWESOME program!! This program has helped me go to the next level of teaching!! The ADEA/AAL IAHE course on 'Advances in Educational Methods for Allied Health Educators' has forever changed the way I teach in the dental hygiene classroom. Using the flipped classroom approach has allowed me to become more creative and inventive in all of my course designs. After taking your online program, I completely changed all my courses with this model in mind. The pressure I once felt about trying to race through endless amounts of material is gone. We actually get to focus on case studies, problem solving, and hands on assignments in groups, pairs, or all together, which is so much more alive and active! I was able to see first hand how to approach and design a course of my own. I have become so empowered by this method that I have taught 3 of my colleagues within the DH program how to incorporate and 'try' this style of teaching. One of my colleagues in fact, tried this method half way through her Nutrition course and saw such a HUGE difference in her classroom. She loved that the class was actively engaged in learning and felt it was so much more fun than lecturing. Thank you so much for putting these OUTSTANDING programs together—they are life changing!"

Stephanie Zarse, MSDH, Associate Professor, Springfield Technical Community College Dental Hygiene Program 

 "As a new educator, I have found the ADEA/AAL IAHE courses to be a fantastic way to collaborate with other educators and learn from wide perspectives. The online course was so smooth and user friendly, I can't wait to take more!" 

Kris Dowling, RDHAP, BA, Dental Hygiene Instructor, Cabrillo College 

 "I truly appreciate this resource. Despite being an educator and program director for over 15 years, I learned excellent methodologies and techniques to improve my ability to provide the best education possible to my students. Interaction with other educators in a discussion forum setting and receiving feedback from those peers was invaluable!"

Shelly Feiwell, CDA, EFDA, EFDA Education Director, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine 

 "This course provides the faculty with very useful tools in the teaching-learning process, especially in areas related to technological advances. I recommend it to all my colleagues.The instructors have been very professionals and have proven commitment. They were successful in maintaining communication and feedback with the virtual classmates."

Aslin M. Gonzalez-Pena, Associate Professor, University of Puerto Rico, School of Health Professions 

 "This was my first online course and it exceeded my expectations! You have set the bar high for any future courses I take!"

Erin Boyleston, RDH, MS, Assistant Professor, Georgia Regents University, College of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Dental Hygiene 

“The programs that are presented by the Institute for Allied Health Educators are outstanding. I have learned valuable information, not only from the presenters, but from the other participants, as well. I appreciate the fact that allied health educators are so eager to share and are willing to help each other. This is my second program, but it definitely isn't my last. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.”

Deborah Kirts Thomason, RDH, MSEd, Director/Instructor, Lake Land College 

 “If you want effective crash courses in contemporary teaching methods and technologies, without the time and expense of more graduate degrees, look no further than ADEA/AAL Institute for Allied Health Educators. Outstanding information with practical value!”

Russell W Cyphers, DDS, FAGD, Clinical Care Coordinator, Midwestern University


Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) partners with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) to help professionals in academia and those transitioning to academic careers achieve their goals as leaders, educators, and agents of change for their organizations.

Every ADEA/AAL IAHE course includes continuing education credit through the American Dental Association CERP. In addition, the American Dental Education Association and the Academy for Academic Leadership recognize the achievement of ADEA/AAL IAHE scholars by awarding a certificate of completion.

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between ADEA and AAL.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 20 continuing education credits.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.





Gay Teel

Diablo Valley College, Dental Hygiene Program

"Great program for on-line development. This course has marvelous learning strategies to create flipped classrooms and hybrid courses. This strategic learning is very helpful to engage in activities to reinforce the methodologies being taught in AAL. It is clear that faculty need to engage in a more productive learning environment for our students. Faculty motivation and calibration are addressed in this course which could help this growth process."