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Best Practices for Designing an Authentic Curriculum

Join members of our Institutional Success team discussing elements of a learner-centered curriculum and incorporation strategies.

Our Speakers


Courtney Cross, PhD

Assistant Director Medical Education  OnlineMedEd


Neal Weber, MSEd

Director of Instructional Design & Assessment OnlineMedEd

Learning Objectives


  • Explain the benefits and importance of an authentic curriculum
  • Highlight best practices to consider in health professions education curriculum design
  • Draft modifications to their current curriculum using learner-centered evidence-based approaches
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Shift the focus of curriculum development to the learner

A learner centered curriculum is based on the theoretical framework of constructivism. It shifts the focus from the teacher to the learner, giving students increasing responsibility for their own learning. Learners develop skills in critical thinking, self-directed learning, and metacognition which establishes a life-long learning mindset. An authentic curriculum includes elements that promote learners to direct their own learning, construct meaning from the material, and conduct self-assessment.

In this webinar we discuss the educational psychology of an authentic curriculum and provide a toolbox for educators to incorporate these elements into their current curriculum.

Institutional Success Team

Leading this session are two members of the OnlineMedEd Institutional Success team. At OnlineMedEd, Courtney, Neal, and their teammates contribute subject matter expertise around curriculum design, faculty and student assessment, and help solve institutional challenges around administration and accreditation. Made up of peer educators, this team works directly with administration and faculty at our institutional partners with a focus on instructional design and implementation of best practices for hybrid learning.

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About OnlineMedEd

OnlineMedEd elevates healthcare education to create better providers, not just better test takers. Our PACE educational paradigm, enables institutions to complement in-person education and impart medical knowledge across multiple modalities, all via a single unified voice. Instructors can deliver a powerful hybrid education that eliminates the friction and waste in the current model by aligning the needs of the institutions and the students.