Curriculum Development

Curriculum development is a shared responsibility between the Directorate of Training and the DINFOS Provost. A working group consisting of academic directors and curriculum developers from the four major training departments, as well as the Advanced Distance Learning Office and Faculty Training and Development Office, has overall responsibility for all curriculum development within DINFOS.

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Course Development Process

ISD Overview: ISD is the application of the processes of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. The figure below is the DINFOS ISD Flowchart that illustrates both the continuing nature of ISD and the interdependence of its component steps. Change may occur at any point resulting in rapid response to changing requirements. Actions are not taken in isolation, the products of each step in the overall process serve as inputs to one or more subsequent steps. Activities that occur in various steps may be accomplished concurrently or initiated using partial information prior to completion of the preceding step. This process ensures the Service training requirements are continuously updated. The Services identify all training requirements to DINFOS via the Training Task Selection Board (TTSB).
     
TTSB - Training Task Selection Board: The TTSB is the principal forum for Military Department representatives and their subject matter experts (SME) to identify and establish PA & VI career field training requirements. Those requirements provide the basis for development of training programs at DINFOS or via other sources, such as contract training or advanced distributed learning. The course developer chairs the TTSB while the members include the service representatives, the SME's currently working in the field of concern, SME's currently certified to teach the field of concern, the DINFOS department head, academic director and NCOIC. At the completion of the TTSB, the course developers continue the development process as noted in the graphic above

TTI -Training Task Inventory: The TTI is a list of all common core tasks and all Service specific tasks. Common core tasks are created when the separate Service tasks are analyzed and developed into a single task that meets all Services' training requirements. By definition, a common core task meets the needs of two or more Services. Any task that meets the needs of a single Service is defined as Service-specific.

LAW - Learning Analysis Worksheet: The learning analysis produces training objectives, builds performance measures, chooses instructional setting and methodology, estimates training costs, and identifies references. Learning Analysis examples and guidance are provided by CDD to help the Academic Departments perform this process. Learning analysis worksheets (LAW) are to be completed immediately following the completion of the TTI at the TTSB, which segues into the design process.

CTS - Course Training Standard: The CTS provides the basis for preparation and serves as the blueprint for preparation of the Course Design and Resource Estimate (CDRE), training objectives, instructional materials, and training evaluation criteria to develop and support a training program, and identifies any significant constraints that may preclude or limit training of any task identified in the Training Task Inventory (TTI).

CDRE - Course Design and Resource Estimate: The CDRE is the initial estimate of resources required to develop and support a new or revised training program. The course developer creates the CDRE based on training requirements identified during the TTSB or IPR process and documented in the CTS. The CDRE will identify the type and quantity of funding and other resources required to design, develop, implement, and sustain a TPI. The CDRE will include estimates of course length, instructor manpower, equipment, facilities, base operating support, and other funding required to implement a new or revised training program.

TPI - Training Program of Instruction: The TPI is a comprehensive functional description of all the elements that collectively describe a training program designed to meet Military Service-established training requirements. The TPI is the end-product developed from the TTI. It functions as the controlling document for planning, organizing, resourcing, managing, and executing a course of instruction. The Services are provided the TPI to validate their individual service training requirements.