Online Program

Self-directed online educational opportunities to increase knowledge of community-engaged research across the clinical and translational science spectrum

Monday, November 2, 2015

Joyce Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE, CCaTS Office for Community Engagement in Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Heather Billings, PhD, Office of Applied Scholarship and Education Science, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Laura Ernste, CCaTS Education Resources, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Miguel Valdez-Soto, BS, CCaTS Office for Community Engagement in Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Community-engaged research (CEnR) promotes collaboration between and among multiple stakeholders to address common health concerns. The principles of CEnR involve building trust to address a common concern, yet many researchers or the end-users of their study findings actively engage. Therefore, Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) Office for Community Engagement in Research  (OCER) and Education Resources created online training for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits to increase knowledge of (CEnR).  


The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the curriculum development and best practices for the creation of online CEnR training for diverse learners.


Curriculum design used andragogy techniques centered on Piaget’s education theory of constructivism, Malcolm Knowles adult learning principles , Mayer’s multimedia principles, and Stages of Change of the Transtheoretical Model. The comprehensive curriculum focused on the creation of online modules for researcher and community members. Subject Matter Experts worked with a Curriculum Designer and Education Specialist to create the delivery platforms and content.  


Enrollment began in June 2014 and did not include a comprehensive marketing. Design time took five to seven hours. Currently, four online modules are available to  internal and external learners. To date 45 learners (34 internal and 11 external) have completed at least one modules.


Online courses provide a platform for adult learners to gain insight on ways to increase engagement in clinical and translational science. Based on feedback we plan to create additional modules and provide other platforms for learners to interact.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the creation of an online educational program to increase community-engaged research in clinical and translational science. Identify andragogy techniques that are most appropriate for adult learners with various level of exposure to research.

Keyword(s): Public Health Curricula & Competencies, Theory

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Joyce Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE, is the Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science Office for Community Engagement in Research and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. She is the Theme Leader for Health Disparities and Community Engaged Research CCaTS curriculum committee.Dr. Balls-Berry is a health educator and psychiatric epidemiologist. Her primary research focus is evaluating the application of community-engaged research principles and theory to increase engagement in the research process.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.