Cerner Instructional Design Technology (IDT) Certificate

Cerner IDT

Spring 2013, Mark Eaton and I began construction of an IDT Certificate for Avila Advantage School of Professional Studies. We were very pleased when Steve Iliff announced that our pilot for this program would take place with Cerner Corporation. As we reviewed a variety of summative evaluation possibilities within the fields of higher education and business we decided that a competency based approach would enable both fields to effectively assess the content learned and owned by each participants. Our choice format was an ePortfolio.

eportfolio LearningThe ePortfolio will consist of an explanation of each competency, artifacts (projects accomplished during the certificate) to support participant learning, and reflections as to how this learning will influence future work projects. Students are allowed to select any ePortfolio platform they feel comfortable using. Instructors are invited to each site so that continuous review and growth of learning can occur during the program.

The criteria being used for the Cerner pilot is based on the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction’s Instructional Design Competencies.


The areas participants will work toward fulfilling include:

  1. Professional Foundations
  2. Planning and Analysis
  3. Design and Development
  4. Evaluation and Implementation
  5. Management

We are excited about this use of ePortfolios with higher education and are anxious to see the learning contained within during this pilot.

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