Curriculum Development Tool

Short Course Curriculum Development Tool


By methodically and thoughtfully answering the following questions, you will be able to design an organized and relevant curriculum for any CBPR sub-topic.
  1. Name of your Short Course:
  2. What do I want the fellows to know?
  3. What do I want the fellows to be able to do?
  4. What are the learning objectives?
  5. Which core competencies of CBPR does this course relate to? A partial list of CBPR competencies is included at the bottom of this page
  6. What activities can fellows directly apply to their projects from this short course?
  7. What materials/readings will you need?
  8. How will you measure student learning at the end of each short course and activity (formative and summative)?
  9. How can fellows self-assess during the course to stay on track and apply the knowledge?
  10. What process will you use to educate fellows and engage them in activities (lectures, break out groups, homework)?
  11. Design the session-by-session plan. In this step, you may find that it is easier to develop a table of contents containing the title of each session that you want to teach.  After developing the table of contents, think about a standardized lesson-plan format (will it include an agenda, objectives, key terms, homework assignments, etc?)  Finally, fill out each individual lesson with the details that will enable you or another facilitator to teach the session.

Partial List of CBPR Competencies

By the end of the entire CBPR course, fellows should be able to:
  1. Understand factors affecting health in a community (socioeconomic, environmental, etc)
  2. Understand the structure of community-based organizations
  3. Collaborate effectively with their community and/or academic partners (this includes development of communication skills, negotiation skills, scheduling regular meetings, etc.)
  4. Develop a research plan built around a community intervention
  5. Apply for grant funding
  6. Understand the ethical issues surrounding recruitment of participants, dissemination of results, and authorship
  7. Apply statistical methods to data collected
  8. Use results to improve the initial community intervention
  9. Publish reports describing the CBPR findings to your project’s stakeholders
  10. Publish journal articles describing the CBPR project

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