Consortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO)

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NANSLO is participating in a four-year project (2012-2016) funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.  The Consortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO) project is headed by Pueblo Community College (CO) and funds the development or transition of identified courses in allied health programs into hybrid and/or online formats, offering students the opportunity to acquire stackable certificates.  See Pueblo Community College's informational site on the CHEO grant.

NANSLO Work Plan Priorities

Based on Priority II of the Work Plan and Project Management commitment, CHEO participating institutions will develop innovative and effective methods for curriculum development and delivery that address specific industry needs and lead to improved learning outcomes and retention rates for TAA-eligible workers and other adults.  See Programs and Courses for more information.

NANSLO’s role in this CHEO priority is twofold:

  1. Develop 12 new experiments for use in specified allied health courses.  To date, NANSLO has developed 24 labs for the CHEO initiative.  To complete this work, NANSLO utilized:

    • Discipline Panels with faculty representatives from the CHEO institutions that assisted in defining needed lab activities and provided feedback and suggestions as these labs were developed.  See Discipline Panels for more information.

    • Curriculum leads, experts in biology, chemistry, and allied health, worked with the CHEO Discipline Panel faculty, prioritized suggested lab activities based on faculty feedback, and created the curriculum for these lab ativities.

    • NANSLO identified the technical specifications for programming the software to allow the experiments developed to be robotically operated over the Internet and purchased and installed scientific equipment used in the delivery of these NANSLO lab activities.

  2. NANSLO Nodes expansions and additions:

    • A “faculty sandbox” was created for faculty to use in testing out remote web-based lab experiments.

    • The NANSLO Colorado CCCS lab was moved to a new location at Red Rocks Community College in Arvada, CO allowing it to expand its capabilities.

    • A new NANSLO node was established at Great Falls College Montana State Universit to serve its students enrolled in courses developed through the CHEO project along with those at Flathead Valley Community College (MT), Lake Area Technical Institute (SD) and Laramie County Community College (WY).

    • The NANSLO British Columbia lab at North Island College expanded its development work, assisting with identification of  robotics required and programming needed for the new NANSLO lab activities.

    • The NANSLO Britisch Columbia lab added a production lab to serve students enrolled in courses developed through the CHEO project at Kodiak College/University of Alaska.

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) serves as a CHEO contractor. Its responsibilities include providing professional development for the faculty and career coaches involved in the project, providing a communication infrastructure and coordinating the activities of the discipline panels, and developing scheduling software to allow multi-insitution use of the NANSLO labs.