Graduation Date

Spring 5-4-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area

First Advisor

Faye Haggar, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Karen Honeycutt, PhD, MEd

Third Advisor

Michelle Howell, PhD

Fourth Advisor

Victoria Kennel, PhD, & Analisa McMillan, PhD, MSEd


Online and blended teaching and learning (OBTL) are integral to the future and success of higher education, including health professions education. Institutions with a goal of developing high-quality online and blended programs must prioritize time and resources dedicated to professional development and training. This research study utilized an online professional development course as an intervention to gain deeper insights into the scope of faculty development to effectively teach in online and blended learning environments. The study, utilizing a convergent mixed methods approach, gathered data through a pre- and post- intervention survey measuring health professions faculty readiness to teach online, a knowledge-based test, and post-intervention focus group discussions. Statistically significant differences in survey and test scores were observed between pre- and post-intervention and advantages of the intervention were highlighted in the focus group discussions. These key findings suggest the efficacy and influence of the educational intervention. Additionally, barriers and recommendations for enhancement were identified, including a notable gap between perceived importance and perceived capability among faculty members. This information pinpoints areas where professional development and support may be beneficial. Outcomes of the study provide valuable insights into health professions faculty members' knowledge, readiness, and perceptions related to teaching in online or blended educational environments.


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