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Curriculum and Course Design Resources


Quality Course Framework: This series of modules from the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at the University of Utah walks you through the full design process from setting objectives to evaluating outcomes.

The ABCD(s) of Smart Goals: This presentation outlines two helpful frameworks for developing learning objectives for sessions, courses, or programs.

Bloom's Taxonomy: Bloom's Taxonomy is helpful at several levels of the design process. When considering audience and degree, Bloom's shows the trajectory of lower-level skills to higher-level thinking. It also offers a vocabulary that can help ensure the learning objectives you write accurately reflect the knowledge, skill, and behavior level of your audience.

Aligning and Assessing Course Objectives: This presentation helps you to evaluate the effectiveness of your objectives and their relevance to the overall goals of the MD program. 

Curriculum Design Template: This fillable document will walk you through each step of the backwards design process for designing sessions or courses.

Evaluation Template: This fillable document uses Kirkpatrick's levels of evaluation to help you assess the efficacy of your curriculum design.

How to use ChatGPT for common instructional design tasks

Team Based Learning Resources

How to TBL: This guide provides the background and rationale for TBL as an effective pedagogy

Team-based Learning Template: Use this template to design a specific TBL session

TBL Team Dynamics and Feedback: This guide will help you to foster an TBL environment conducive to learning and professional identity development. 

Assessment Resources

11 "Rules" for Writing Effective, NBME style Multiple Choice Questions:This quick-tip sheet is a helpful guide when developing MCQs that authentically assess higher-level skills.

More on the 11 "Rules": A more detailed guide on developing effective MCQs.

Essay Question Advantages and Limitations: This guide provides an overview of the efficacy of essay questions along with an evaluation checklist. 

Faculty Development "Snippets"

The following materials are provided to assist in the presentation of a faculty development “snippet” (Bar-on and Konopasek, 2014). Faculty development snippets are designed to be presented at meetings that faculty already attend. They should focus on one objective and be no longer than 20 minutes. 

We offer customized levels of support for this process. You may:

  • Feel free to download the template for use in your own faculty meetings
  • Schedule a consultation to help you in developing the template (ideas for activities, help customizing your objective, etc.)
  • Schedule a time for an educational expert to co-present during your faculty meeting
  • Schedule a time for an educational expert to present the snippet for you

Faculty Development Snippet Template with instructions (adapted from Bar-on and Konopasek, UNLV School of Medicine, 2014)

Additional reading:

Bar-On ME, Konopasek L. Snippets: an innovative method for efficient, effective faculty development. J Grad Med Educ. 2014;6(2):207–210. doi:10.4300/JGME-D-13-00362.1.

Skin Color Representation for Health Sciences Education

Please use the content guide, approved by the SOM curriculum committee, to help screen your educational content for skin color representation in visual teaching images.

Content Guide

The link below is a collection of resources demonstrating various medical conditions on a spectrum of skin colors.


Hybrid Teaching Resources


Lecture Capture


Loom for Google Chrome

Loom is a free Google Chrome add on that allows you to record your screen, voice, and face.


Narrated Power Point

Contact your course coordinator for instructions on uploading recorded lectures 

Canvas: Media 


  • Campus Guide (NOTE: these instructions can be followed on any home or office computer; you do not need to use the studio in the Eccles Health Sciences Library)

Online Meeting Etiquette

Zoom Instructional Videos

Skype for Business

Google Hangouts

(Note: use the U of U Google Cloud to sign in and avoid using your personal gmail account)



Remote Software and Desktops

Canvas Discussion Board:

 Google Drive:


Office 365:

Adobe Creative Cloud:




In addition to the resources you may already be familiar with, the Library has added new tools that are available during the Covid-19 disruption to classroom teaching.  These include:

Access Anesthesiology*

Access Cardiology*

Access Emergency Medicine*

Access HemOnc*

Access Neurology*

Access ObGyn*

Access Pediatrics*

Access Physiotherapy*

Access Surgery*

Case Files Collection*

F.A. Davis PT Collection*

*Available thru Aug.20, 2020

In addition, you can now use the following LWW Health Libraries:

Medical Education (includes: Bates' Guide to Physical Examination)**

Clerkship/Clinical Rotations (includes Step-Up Guides and Boards & Wards) **

PA Core Education**

PA Rotations **

Internal Medicine **

Physical Therapy **

Occupational Therapy **

Exercise Science **

Advanced Practice Nursing **

Made Incredibly Easy! Series **

Board Review Series **

Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy **

*Available thru May 21,, 2020

Plus access to :

ClinicalKey for Nursing ***

*** Available Mar 27 – Sep 14, 2020 



For any further questions please contact:

Kerri Shaffer, MEd, MLIS
Director of Curriculum and Faculty Support