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A New Brief in the TCI Series: Centralized Curriculum Process for Health IT Programs

by Teryn Payne / May 6, 2015

A new brief has been added to TCI’s Strategies for Transformative Change series that provides summaries of strategies employed in TAACCCT grants, including evidence of success reported by consortia. The newest brief, Centralized Curriculum Process for Health IT Programs, focuses on the Health eWorkforce (HeW) Consortium.

The Health eWorkforce (HeW) Consortium was created to focus on Health IT workforce development and train more than 2,000 veterans, TAA-eligible workers and others interested in careers in healthcare and Health IT. This consortium is composed of nine member colleges.

One key strategy employed by the consortium is a centralized curriculum development support and review process. HeW supports curriculum development within individual colleges with expert e-learning, curriculum development, and instructional specialists. Additionally, a uniform set of standards for curriculum creation and review is applied to all created materials.

Another key strategy involves using faculty as subject matter experts to encourage their leadership of the curriculum development process. Collaboration occurs between faculty and instructional design experts to produce high quality and relevant curricula.

Read more about the work being done by the HeW Consortium and the lead college’s role in curriculum development.

payneTeryn Payne is an undergraduate senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying news-editorial journalism. She has been working at the Office of Community College Research and Leadership since the summer of 2014 when she started as an undergraduate intern. She works with the Transformative Change Initiative at OCCRL.

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