ASHI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Course Specifications:

Course Number:


Course Length:

Full Course Time: Approximately 16 hours – $400.00 / per student

Course Description:


The goal of this program is to provide new ASHI instructors a strong foundation in teaching knowledge and skill and to provide current ASHI instructors or those whose authorization has lapsed with a mechanism for continuing their education. The fundamental objective is to help you develop sufficient confidence and competence to teach, evaluate and certify participants in ASHI training programs.

Course Objectives

  1. Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device, and use of an AED
  2. Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  3. Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  4. Airway management
  5. Related pharmacology
  6. Management of ACS and stroke
  7. Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team

Target Student:

Persons with little or no previous teaching experience who desire or require sufficient competency to teach, evaluate, and certify participants in ASHI Training Programs, and/or Instructors whose teaching certification has lapsed, and/or Instructors required by ASHI to complete additional training as a result of a quality assurance action.

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Introduction

  1. Define, describe, and differentiate the terms education and training.
  2. Define and describe learning.
  3. Define and describe the primary function of an Instructor.

Lesson 2: Roles and Responsibilities / Administrative

  1. Describe the importance of professional development.
  2. Describe sources for locating relevant educational and research materials.
  3. Describe the relationship between the Instructor and the student, and any assistant Instructors.
  4. Describe the role of the course schedule and lesson plan in course management.
  5. List and describe professional attributes and skill sets of Instructors.
  6. Identify resources for course materials.

Lesson 3: Legal Issues / Ethics

  1. Define liability, negligence, malpractice, and standard of instruction.
  2. Identify areas of legal liability.
  3. Identify risk management considerations for the student, Instructor, and Training Center.
  4. Explain the importance of confidentiality.
  5. Explain legal considerations regarding copyright and intellectual property issues.
  6. Explain the laws associated with teaching.
  7. Discuss ethical issues in teaching.

Lesson 4: Learning Environment

  1. State the importance of a positive learning environment.
  2. List desirable behaviors for students in the classroom setting.
  3. Identify unacceptable Instructor candidate behaviors.
  4. Describe methods to engage students in the learning process through a positive learning environment.
  5. Describe how a student’s previous learning experience can impact his or her current learning environment.
  6. Describe common classroom seating arrangements and the application, benefits, and limitations of each.
  7. List and describe desirable Instructor behaviors in the classroom setting to develop a positive learning environment.

Lesson 5: Learning Styles / Domains of Learning

  1. Using your own words, define and describe learning style and learning preference.
  2. List and describe common learning styles found in adult learners.
  3. Explain how learning styles impact classroom dynamics.
  4. Given a lesson plan, describe activities that may be used to target a specific learning style.
  5. Describe how an Instructor’s learning style may affect instruction.
  6. Using your own words, define cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning.
  7. List classroom activities for each domain of learning.
  8. State at least one appropriate evaluation method for each domain of learning.
  9. Describe methods to increase retention of learned material.

Lesson 6: Goals, Objectives, and Using Lesson Plans

  1. Using your own words, define and describe goal and objective.
  2. Describe the role of performance objectives in evaluation.
  3. Define a lesson plan.
  4. Define and describe the components of a lesson plan.
  5. Discuss the methods for determining the depth to which the content will be covered in a prepared lesson plan.
  6. Discuss how to use a lesson plan to present course content.
  7. Describe different types of presentations and the benefits and limitations of each.

Lesson 7: Presentation Skills

  1. Describe four different instructional styles.
  2. Describe the proper use of Instructor presence in the classroom setting.
  3. List types of media available for classroom use.
  4. List criteria for successful classroom presentations.
  5. List strategies that can be used to augment classroom presentations.
  6. Describe the appropriate platform skills necessary for classroom presentations.
  7. Describe advantages and disadvantages of the various audiovisual sources available.
  8. Describe the purpose and limitations of audiovisual aids.
  9. Describe the method for reducing audiovisual failure.

Lesson 8: Communication and Feedback

  1. Describe the process of active listening.
  2. State the importance of timely feedback.
  3. Compare and contrast counseling and evaluation.
  4. Describe several unique types of questioning that could be used to solicit student responses.
  5. Explain how body language affects one’s verbal communication reception.
  6. Recognize the need to check for understanding.
  7. State the benefits of honest communication in the training environment.
  8. Describe the principles of providing corrective feedback.
  9. Compare and contrast feedback and evaluation.
  10. Describe the principles involved in the use of questioning in the classroom.

Lesson 9: Evaluation Techniques

  1. Define, describe, and differentiate evaluation, formative evaluation, and summative evaluation. 
  2. Distinguishing between formal and informal evaluation.
  3. Identify various types of evaluations and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  4. Identify and describe specific types of test items and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  5. List and describe general guidelines for test construction.
  6. Define and describe reliability.
  7. Define and describe content validity.
  8. Identify and describe the term standard as it relates to evaluation.

Lesson 10: Facilitation Techniques

  1. Using your own words, describe facilitated learning.
  2. Defend why motivating students is an important factor in an environment that promotes facilitated learning.
  3. Identify classroom arrangements and formats that promote and enhance facilitating techniques.
  4. Explain why the standard lecturing method does not provide a facilitated learning experience.
  5. List methods to enhance the lecture method to make it a more facilitated learning experience.
  6. Explain the role of group work in a facilitated learning environment.
  7. List tips or methods to facilitate a discussion in the classroom.
  8. List tips for facilitating a practical (psychomotor) classroom session.
  9. Describe methods to maintain classroom control when using a facilitated learning environment.
  10. Define and describe characteristics of the adult learner.
  11. Define and describe transference.

Lesson 11: Teaching Psychomotor Skills

  1. Define psychomotor skills.
  2. Explain the relationship between cognitive and affective objective to psychomotor objectives.
  3. Describe methods appropriate for teaching psychomotor skill.
  4. Describe classroom activities used to teach and practice psychomotor skills.
  5. List methods to enhance the experience of psychomotor skill practice in the classroom.
  6. Define, describe, and differentiate between a scenario and simulation.
  7. Describe the principles in developing and proctoring a scenario or simulation.
  8. Define task analysis.
  9. Describe the proper use of assistant Instructors in developing practical skills.
  10. Demonstrate proper facilitation technique when demonstrating skills.
  11. Demonstrate the use of corrective feedback during a skill demonstration.
  12. Create a skill session plan that maximizes student practice time.

Lesson 12: Discipline

  1. Identify unacceptable classroom behaviors.
  2. Articulate the cost and consequences of uncontrolled classroom environments.
  3. Discuss possible causes of behavior problems.
  4. Describe three strategies for preventing unacceptable behavior.
  5. Describe how to create a progressive disciple policy.
  6. Given a behavior problem scenario, describe ab appropriate disciplinary action for the situation.
  7. Describe the importance of proper documentation regarding disciplinary actions.

Lesson 13: Remediation

  1. Using your own words, define and describe remediation.
  2. Describe the steps of the remediation process.
  3. Describe the critical components to include when assessing a problem requiring remediation.
  4. List skills critical to Instructor candidate learning success.
  5. Describe program evaluation and program remediation.

Lesson 14: Cultural Awareness

  1. Using your own words, define and describe cultural awareness.
  2. Describe how various ethnic and religious values and traditions may affect a student’s behavior.
  3. Explain the behaviors an Instructor can model to show awareness of cultural issues in his or her classroom.
  4. Describe aspects of cultural awareness that are important to instill in students in the classroom setting.

Lesson 15: Overview of ASHI Program

  1. Identify and describe ASHI program elements (materials, methods).
  2. Identify and discuss ASHI Standards and Guideliness for Quality Assurance.

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Introduction

  1. Describe the benefits of the training program.
  2. Describe the agenda, including breaks.
  3. Explain the requirements for successful completion.
  4. Describe facility safety features.

Lesson 2: Orientation to ASHI

  1. Identify and describe the ASHI Training Center Administration Manual (TCAM).
  2. Explain ASHI’s “toolbox” approach to safety and health education.
  3. Describe the various ways to present knowledge to ASHI programs.
  4. Explain the various ways to present skills to ASHI programs.

Lesson 3: Orientation to ASHI’s Programs

  1. Discuss ASHI program standards and objectives.
  2. Describe general elements of the ASHI program.
  3. Identify specific elements of the ASHI program.

Lesson 4: Orientation to Training Equipment

  1. Identify and describe traditional audiovisual equipment.
  2. Identify and describe digital audiovisual technologies.
  3. Describe and discuss First Aid / BLS / CPR / AED training equipment.

Lesson 5: Practice as an Instructor Knowledge

  1. Instructor candidates present a 5 to 10 minute preassigned topic using the lecture / discussion method with or without the VHS / DVD and / or PowerPoint.

Lesson 6: Practice as an Instructor Skill

  1. Instructor candidates present a 5 to 10 minute preassigned skill using one of the following instructional strategies:
    1. Whole-Part-Whole method.
    2. Peer-Training method.
    3. Practice-While-Watching method.
    4. Performance Evaluation.

Lesson 7: Presentation Skills

  1. Questions and answers.
  2. Complete Instructor Application Form.
  3. Complete Instructor Trainer Evaluation Form.