Curriculum Development

Healthcare ProfessionsThe Howard University Health Sciences Simulation Center provides support to health science educators to develop simulation programs/courses within the framework of specific program objectives. Simulation center staff will meet with interested faculty/course directors to work as a partner to develop a simulation activity, scenario or course. Curriculum development in simulation follows the standard education framework: assess (analyze), design, develop, implement and evaluate.

The instructional design should include in what context the activity will take place, what are the goals and learning objectives, what is/are the learning content (steps), how will the activity be assessed, who will facilitate the activity and what obstacles may be anticipated. Simulation activities will be based on the learners' needs that address the core competencies within the following domains:

  • cognitive (knowledge, comprehension & critical thinking)

  • psychomotor (procedures, focus on manual dexterity, judgement, use of instruments)

  • affective (effective interpersonal & communication strategies,
    professionalism, appropriate attitudes associated with patient care)

  • team training (effective teamwork skills, decision making)

The selection of the best type of simulator(s), how simulators should be used, and the knowledge and skills required to maximize learning is very important to the successful use of simulation in teaching.

After an education activity is designed and methods are determined, then a "mock" simulation activity will be run to refine and finalize the activity before the actual learners experience the event. After the actual simulation event, the entire process is evaluated by seeking feedback from the learners, faculty, and any other participants.

Instructional Design

All departments who use the Simulation Center to teach are required to have an instructional course design/plan prior to any actual simulation activity. The center staff will assist with this step as needed. Please see the links below to see a sample instructional course plan template. In addition, a center use request must be completed to arrange a meeting with simulation center staff.

Sim Center Interest form

Please complete the SimCenter Interest Form.  Please include a brief description of the proposed simulation activity in the space provided.  This information will provide us with insight as to the goal for your simulation activity. After review of the SimCenter Interest Form, you will receive the Service Request Form to describe the course/skills/activity in more details.