Establishment of the genetic/genomic competency center for education

Kathleen A. Calzone, Bonnie Jerome-D'Emilia, Jean Jenkins, Constance Goldgar, Michael Rackover, John Jackson, Ye Chen, John Voss, W. Gregory Feero

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Purpose: Develop a trans-disciplinary repository of genomics education resources using a Web-based learning management system. The repository maps and organizes genetic-genomic information and materials relevant to educators by healthcare discipline-specific competencies and performance indicators. Methods: An interdisciplinary project team was established to guide toolkit repository building and usability testing. The toolkit was built using the X-CREDIT software on the Moodle learning management platform, which includes a mapping matrix and browsing function that captures teaching resources in a searchable database linked to competencies, knowledge areas, performance indicators, learning activities and resources, and outcome assessments. Discipline-specific advisory groups assisted in resource identification, competency mapping, and peer review. The toolkit is multidisciplinary, currently including physician assistants and nurses, and provides a resource crosslink to discipline-specific competencies. All resources have a detailed description, and users may contribute new resources, which are peer reviewed for relevance and accuracy by an editorial board. Alpha and beta testing using online usability surveys that included toolkit exercises helped refine the structure, look, and navigation of the final website. Findings: One hundred thirty faculty-124 nursing and 6 physician assistant faculty-agreed to participate. Of those, 59 users (45.4% response rate) completed the online usability survey. Nearly all users (94.9%) were able to find a competency that was relevant to their topic, and 85.4% were able to locate the relevant performance indicators. The majority (86.5%) felt the model adequately described the relationships between competencies, performance indicators, learning activities-resources, and assessments, and made conceptual sense. Survey respondents reported font color and size made the information difficult to read, windows were not large enough, and the "shopping cart" concept was confusing; all of these areas have been modified for the final toolkit version. Conclusions: Alpha and beta testing of the toolkit revealed that users can successfully obtain educational materials by searching competencies and performance indicators. The platform is accessible on the Internet at and can be continually updated as new resources become available. Clinical Relevance: Faculty members need easy access to a wide range of accurate, current resources to facilitate integration of genomics into the curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-358
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)


  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Nursing curricula
  • Nursing education
  • Physician assistant curricula
  • Physician assistant education
  • Repository
  • Toolkit


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