College of Direct Support Introduces New Learning Session Format, New Genre With 'R&R Arcade' for Reviewing, Refreshing Content

By Elsevier, PRNE
Sunday, November 21, 2010

ATLANTA, November 22, 2010 - The College of Direct Support (CDS), an internet-based
curriculum for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in partnership
by Elsevier/MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota's Research and
Training Center, has introduced its latest offering in the form of a new
genre of its online learning content. The new Learning Session is called "R&R
Arcade: Direct Support Professionalism: Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)."

This Learning Session is in a new memory-game format, based on
the memory game format of matching pictures on a grid, and is the 34rd course
in the CDS lineup. Included are courses in the main CDS curriculum, the
College of Frontline Supervision and Management, Disability Intensive Courses
and Film For Thought. The "R&R" name indicates a Learning Session designed
for "Reviewing & Refreshing" content that is likely to be familiar to
experienced CDS users.

"Research shows that when you have fun learning, people retain
the information and really learn from it," said Nancy McCulloh, Project
Coordinator at the University of Minnesota Institute on Community
Integration, which authors the CDS Curriculum. "This Learning Session is now
available for Learning Administrators to incorporate into a learner's lesson
plan by creating a module and assigning to learners."

The R&R Arcade courses - built along the lines of the
previously announced Disability Intensive Courses and Film For Thought - are
intended to provide a quick, educational, and fun way to review and relearn
the basic aspects of CDS content that must be reviewed on an annual basis.
After reviewing the game content, users are still required to take a
post-test that tests their knowledge and understanding of key concepts,
McCulloh explained.

This new HIPAA course review covers several key areas

    - Why HIPAA was enacted in the United States
    - The four primary areas covered by HIPAA
    - Consent for release of private health information
    - Standardized transactions by provider organizations
    - Security issues and procedures
    - The role of the Direct Support Professional in protecting
      the private health rights of those being supported

"This new addition to our lineup covers the key essential
elements in HIPAA and the ones that DSPs have to be reminded about," McCulloh
said. "This is a brand new way of learning that we have introduced into the
CDS. It's fun and exciting and learners will not get bored with this."

About the College of Direct Support

The College of Direct Support is a learning gateway for
contemporary best practices for Direct Support Professionals. By
incorporating web-based learning, backed by nationally recognized curricula,
the CDS is designed to promote a profession of direct support. The CDS is
being used in more than 30 states and also in Canada. It is a partnership
between Elsevier/MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota's Research and
Training Center's Institute on Community Integration, which authors the

CDS offers a complete lineup of courses offered on the
Elsevier I MC Strategies Learning Management System.

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