Smart Horizons Independent Living Skills Program
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Smart Horizons Independent Living Skills Program



Smart Horizons’ Independent Living Skills program is an interactive multimedia program delivered as Web-based training. The program is designed to support those who are seeking to provide ...

Smart Horizons’ Independent Living Skills program is an interactive multimedia program delivered as Web-based training. The program is designed to support those who are seeking to provide Independent Living Skills training to youths in transition. The lessons are accessed online in a variety of formats including video, interactive courseware, and PDF documents.

The Independent Living Skills program provides valuable training to individual learners, as well as training record and completion data portability and accountability for organizations and agencies serving the learners.

Smart Horizons’ Independent Living Skills program offers training in five catalogs:

• Health & Leisure
• Financial Management
• Career/School
• Relationships
• Life Skills



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  • Doug Peterson: Director, Smart Horizons Tambri McKinney: Director of Operations Gabe Smith: Director, Sales and Marketing Emily Atchison: Director, Product Support Services Angel Morgan: Product Development Manager; Senior Instructional Designer Cheryl Samaha: Product Manager; Instructional Designer
  • Smart Horizons, a division of Advanced Systems Technology (AST), is an online training provider that offers courseware development by experienced Instructional Designers, Learning Management services and superior media design. Smart Horizons can offer CEUs to programs that qualify under IACET guidelines and provides a wide range of training services, including content development and hosting, product delivery, and student enrollment, support, and record keeping.
  • Systems include Windows XP and above, and Mac OS. Browsers include Internet Explorer 6.0 and above, and Firefox.
  • Our curriculum development is guided by the long established, widely used PADDIE instructional systems design process that includes the Plan, Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate phases.   Each phase is accomplished by a proven sequence of actions that result in tangible deliverables that are inputs for the subsequent phase. Each phase culminates in a review that determines readiness to proceed to the next phase.   The requirement was to develop curriculum to support youth ages 13-19 in passing an Independent Living Skills assessment.   During the Plan phase, we determined basic project parameters such as scope, milestones and resource requirements, and produced the Project Management Plan used to guide and manage our courseware production efforts.   In the Analyze Phase, we analyzed existing assessment requirements and goals, defined broad performance standards based terminal objectives and specific measurable task based enabling objectives. We then aligned the combined objectives to provide a logical flow and produce a draft Curriculum Structure.    During the Design Phase, we took the draft curriculum structure and defined catalogs with categories and organized lessons into the appropriate categories within the catalogs. We then established the instructional design strategy including the Graphical User Interface (GUI) functional elements, lesson structure, instruction presentation, student activities, and assessment items strategy and mastery score as 70%. These were codified in the Design Document.   In the Develop Phase, we reorganized existing content into 30-minute (or less) lessons, drafted content outlines based on the established learning objectives and instructional design strategy. The content outlines defined text, media (to include visuals and in most cases audio), and assessment items. The content outlines were then compiled to produce a web-based version of each lesson that was reviewed to ensure the lessons functioned as designed.   The Implement phase involved uploading the lessons into the defined categories and catalogs on the Learning Management System (LMS) and performing run-time Quality Assurance checks to ensure the lessons and tests functioned as designed and appropriately interacted with the LMS. Interactions include bookmarking, test scores, status (in progress, not started, finished) and results (passed, failing, not graded). We also verified that the completion certificates were made available. Once the testing is completed, the courseware is released.   As indicated by the solid block on the right of the screen, Evaluation is more of a continuing process than a discreet phase. Everyone involved in curriculum development performs formative evaluations of their own work. In addition to established Quality Assurance checks and procedures, evaluations of student feedback are conducted to identify any shortfalls or systemic problems.
  • The curriculum was organized into 5 catalogs: Health/Leisure Financial Management Relationships Life Skills Career/School   Each catalog was divided further into categories. The current organization ranges from 5 to 7 categories per catalog. Those categories are listed to the right of the slide. The identification of catalog and categories came from analyzing Independent Living Skills assessment tools.   Next, lesson titles were placed into an appropriate category of a particular catalog. Currently, the lessons within a category range from one to 11 lessons per category, and there are 139 lessons within the curriculum.   The design of the curriculum allows for expansion as needed.
  • This chart identifies one example lesson taken from a category of each catalog. (The lesson title and objectives are listed on the right.)   All lessons within the curriculum contain objectives for student achievement. Those objectives are covered in the content provided and tested through assessment items given in an end of lesson test. Most tests have 5 questions.   Lessons are approximately 30 minutes in length. Most contain audio within the lesson to support different learning styles. Also the format of the curriculum varies; the curriculum contains interactive courses, power points, videos, and pdfs.   A student must achieve a minimum score of 70% on a test to receive credit for a lesson and be awarded a certificate of completion.
  • Administrators and students can update and share documents.
  • Reporting Permissions are granted to Organizational Administers to monitor student’s progress Subscription Reports-Allows administrators to view and filter all active and inactive subscriptions within an organization Enrollment Reports-Allows administrators to view and filter student progress, student scores, student activity, as well as dates and other information pertaining to enrollments within the organization Customize and save report parameters Filter on groups (caseworkers) within a organization Narrow search down to specific titles; phases (in progress, not started, finished); results (passed, failing, not graded) Generated reports can be downloaded into a spreadsheet format

Smart Horizons Independent Living Skills Program Smart Horizons Independent Living Skills Program Presentation Transcript

  • 08/04/11 The Smart Choice in Innovative Training Solutions
  • Corporate Overview
    • Smart Horizons is:
    • A division of Advanced Systems Technology (AST). AST, founded in 1984, has grown to more than 400 professionals at over 20 locations across the U.S.
    • An online training provider offering:
      • Courseware development
      • Multimedia
      • Content/Learning management
    • An IACET (International Association for Continuing Education and Training) authorized provider.
  • 08/04/11 Background
  • The Crisis 08/04/11 Kids in Foster care On average, 45% will drop out of high school. 51% will be unemployed. 50% will be homeless. 25% will be incarcerated.
  • Foster Care Act
    • The Foster Care Independence Act also required that the Administration for Children and Families develop and implement a data collection system to:
      • Track the independent living services that states provide to youth.
      • Develop outcome measures that may be used to assess state performance in operating their independent living programs.
    • Smart Horizons is addressing the need.
  • Smart Horizons Training
    • Compatible
      • Specifically designed to operate on the most commonly used computer systems with minimal bandwidth
    • Customizable
      • Our talented staff translates unique training needs into cutting edge learning solutions
    • Consistent
      • Provides opportunities for consistency within an organization or field
    • Cost-effective
      • Minimizes training cost requirements (instructors, facilities, travel)
    • Convenient
      • Available anytime/anyplace; allows students to set their schedule
  • 08/04/11 Curriculum Development
  • 08/04/11 Curriculum Design Process
      • Customer presented requirement to develop curriculum to support youth ages 13-19 in passing an Independent Living Skills assessment
      • Developed draft Project Management Plan
      • Analyzed the assessment requirements and goals
      • Defined terminal objectives (broad performance standards)
      • Defined enabling objectives (specific measurable tasks)
      • Outlined Curriculum Structure
      • Defined catalogs and categories
      • Organized lesson titles into appropriate categories within the catalogs
      • Established instructional design strategy to include GUIs functional elements, lesson structure, instructional presentation, and assessment items strategy/mastery score (70%)
      • Produced draft Design Document
      • Identified and reorganized existing content into 30-minute (or less) events
      • Researched and wrote content outlines for identified objectives
      • Wrote questions to support the objectives and content
      • Created web-based lessons (formats include videos, interactive courseware, and PDFs)
      • Uploaded web-based lessons into defined categories and catalogs on NexPort
      • Performed Courseware Run-Time QA
      • Released courseware
  • Curriculum Organization 08/04/11
  • Lesson Examples 08/04/11
  • 08/04/11 NexPort Extended Campus
  • NexPort Extended Campus
    • Smart Horizons provides online systems support for
      • Organizations
        • US Department of Homeland Security (FLETC)
        • US Army Reserve
        • National Child Care Organizations
        • Law Enforcement, Transportation, Private Security
        • Career Online High Schools
      • Students (over 200,000)
    • Smart Horizons emphasizes Information Assurance (IA)
      • Use, processing, storage, and transmission of information
      • Systems and processes used for those purposes
  • 08/04/11 NexPort Administrator Features
  • View Users
    • Access Profile
      • Contact information (E-mail, address, phone number)
      • Customizable fields available
    • Access Academic Records
      • Transcript records (scores, course status enrollment/ completion date, access to earned certificates)
      • Communication logs
    • Access Documents
  • Reports
    • Reporting permissions
    • Standardized reports
      • Subscription
      • Enrollment
      • Survey
    • Customized reports
      • Filter on groups within a organization
      • Narrow search down to specific titles; phases (in progress, not started, finished); results (passed, failing, not graded)
      • Save report parameter(s)
      • Download reports
  • Support
    • Smart Horizons offers personalized assistance and training for optimum usability. A comprehensive manual is also accessible for download through NexPort.
  • Contact Information
    • Tambri McKinney, Director of Operations
      • [email_address]
      • 850.475-4009 (Office)
      • 850.261-7675 (Cell)
    • Dan Call, Continuing Education Coordinator
      • [email_address]
      • 850.475.4026 (Office)
      • 855-777-8032 (Toll Free)
    • Steve Samaha, Marketing
      • [email_address]
      • 850.475-4025 (Office)
      • 855-777-8032 (Toll Free)
  • 08/04/11 Smart Horizons Independent Living Skills Course Options for Enrollment Package Choice Number of Lessons Offered Per Student Cost Cost per Lesson 1. Enterprise with all 5 Catalogs 139 $300 $2.15 Best Value 2. Individual Catalogs Health/Leisure Financial Management Relationships Life Skills Approx 30 lessons per catalog $125 $4.16 3. Career Catalog 18 $100 $5.55