Steps to Effective Curriculum Development

April 02
UCSF Library, Room CL 221-222
530 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco CA


Special Topics Educational Skills Workshop
Steps to Effective Curriculum Development

Led by:

Tina Brock, BSPharm, EdD
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Sophia Saeed, DMD
Associate Clinical Professor
Director, General Practice Residency & Hospital Dentistry Clinic
UCSF School of Dentistry

Do you need to develop a module (online or not), series of classes, course, instructional unit, or program? Have you been developing curricula for many years? Learn to do it the right way. This workshop introduces faculty of all levels to a practical, theoretically sound approach to developing curriculum. During the workshop, participants will work through a six-step process, taking time in small groups to practice the skills learned with expert guidance nearby:

  1. Identify a problem or need to be served
  2. Examine the particular needs of your learners
  3. Develop goals and measurable learning objectives
  4. Choose educational strategies that best fit your material
  5. Devise steps for implementation
  6. Consider evaluation and feedback

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the six step process.
  • Analyze the importance of following the sequence when developing the materials.
  • Rewrite objectives to employ action verbs.
  • Develop a draft of a curriculum following the process.

Adapted from:  Kern, D E. (2009). Curriculum development for medical education: a six-step approach. Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UCSF School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of four AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

Course No. MGR14075