NANSLO - Current Initiatives - 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 accomplish this, NANSLO will:

    • Form Discipline Panels with faculty representatives from the new online courses with lab components.  See Discipline Panels for more information.

    • Provide a faculty expert for each CHEO Discipline Panel to assist it in identifying potential experiments for development in the NANSLO environment, prioritizing them, and creating the curriculum and technical specifications for programming the software to allow the new experiments to be robotically operated over the Internet.

  2. NANSLO Nodes expansions and additions:

    • Create a “faculty sandbox” for faculty to use in testing out remote web-based lab experiments and expand existing capabilities in its production at the Colorado Community College System node.

    • Establish a new NANSLO node at Great Falls College Montana State University by creating a projection lab 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).

    • Expand the development lab on the NANSLO node at North Island College (British Columbia) and add 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) also has a role in the CHEO project as a 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-campus use of the production labs located on the network’s nodes.