Curriculum Consulting

The WIDS team of skilled instructional design consultants have more than 160 years of collective frontline experience as instructors, administrators, and curriculum developers.

Our team has worked on a wide range of projects, such as: occupational and curriculum needs analysis, trainer professional development, program alignment, and turnkey course design.

Our client base is also diverse -- community and technical colleges, multi-campus systems, K-12 school districts, business and industry, state and federal governments -- both in the United States and other nations.

Program Design and Alignment

Health occupations, advanced manufacturing, information technology, general education, and K-12 curriculum are program-centric. Before courses are developed, programs are designed. There are education parameters for all curriculum, and developing programs is often where design begins. WIDS consultants collaborate with your curriculum team to:

  • Facilitate an occupational analysis (DACUM)
  • Develop program outcomes and performance standards
  • Map program outcomes to program courses
  • Map national and occupational standards to programs
  • Build program assessment plans
  • Create course lists, program configurations, and career pathways
  • Generate necessary administrative and accreditation-ready documents

Program design and alignment projects:

Junior Achievement

Boston Public Schools-Arts

 

Occupational Analysis (DACUM)

We use DACUM, a quick, yet valid job analysis technique to help you design or validate programs of instruction. WIDS consultants facilitate the DACUM process, document results in a graphical format, and provide recommendation for program design or revision. 

DACUM projects:

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards - Bringing New Apprenticeships to Life

Assessment Planning

Planning quality assessments from the organization-level to course-level requires coordination, tools, and a lot of ‘know how’. From designing an improved method of assessing and documenting organization-wide student learning outcomes, to addressing accreditation standards, to planning and assessing program achievement, WIDS consultants have the experience to assist your organization.

Assessment planning projects:

Wisconsin Technical College System - Prior Learning Assessment Development

WIDS By The Numbers

WIDS By The Numbers

The WIDS team includes:

  • 5000+ hours on business/government training projects
  • 1000+ curriculum development projects
  • 1500+ course alignments to state/national standards
  • 200+ Technical Skill Attainment curriculum project
  • 100+ courses reviewed for grant-based criteria
  • 160+ years instructional design experience
  • 20+  organizational years implementing curriculum best practices

Course Development

WIDS consultants have worked closely with subject matter experts on course design. In fact, pick a topic area and chances are one of our consultants has experience working with it!  Whether designing a course, a training module, or an industry workshop, your learner is the target audience. WIDS draws upon a wide range of effective practices for development and uses a performance-based model of instructional design. We’ll collaborate with you on course design to develop:

  • Student learning outcomes (competencies)
  • Performance criteria
  • Assessment tasks and scoring rubrics
  • Learning plans and activities
  • Learning objects and materials
  • Online course modules and LMS-compatible assessments
  • Teaching plans 
  • Key documentation including curriclum maps, course outlines, and syllabi

Course development projects:

Wisconsin Technical Colleges

U.S. Air Force - Air University

Project Facilitation and Management

Using proven methodologies and processes, we work with your team to develop and manage quality curriculum. We help clients manage the work flow process, evaluate deliverables, facilitate communication, and generate final project documentation. If you've been awarded a grant for curriculum development, WIDS consultants can walk you through the project from start to finish!

Project facilitation and management projects:

North Central Technical College - TAACCCT Interface Project

Army JROTC Cadet Command - National K-12 Curriculum 

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship - Helping Apprenticeship with a New Direction

 

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Specialized Services

Don’t worry! If you have a project in mind that doesn’t seem to fit any of the consulting categories mentioned on this page, contact us anyway. Chances are we’ve helped with a similar project before and welcome the chance to do it again. Contact us or call 800-677-9437 for more information or a consulting proposal.

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