Published: November 18, 2016

New On-Demand Orientation Course For Healthcare & Hospital Board Members

The Governance Institute course, developed by Scitent eLearning, uses dilemma-based instructional design techniques and the PROPEL™ Learning Management System


Danielle McNulty

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The Governance Institute Launches New On-Demand Orientation Course For Its Hospital And Healthcare Board Members

Charlottesville, Va. – Nov. 17, 2016 – The Governance Institute, a service of National Research Corporation, today announced the launch of its Board Orientation Online Course with Joint Accreditation and ACHE-certification. The Governance Institute is a membership organization that provides trusted, independent information and resources to board members, healthcare executives and physician leaders in support of their efforts to lead and govern their organizations.

The Governance Institute's interactive and mobile-friendly Board Orientation Course prepares board members for their important role and ensures they understand key duties and responsibilities. Throughout the course, board members are presented with a variety of “dilemmas” based on real-world scenarios where they must decide the best course of action and learn how to apply good judgment in key topic areas.

The Governance Institute selected Scitent, Inc., a full-service eLearning company dedicated to the growth of an organization’s eLearning business, to create its on-demand course and develop an online learning web portal. Scitent applied its 20+ years of eLearning expertise serving the association and healthcare market to launch the course.

“I can’t imagine a better-qualified technology and course design partner than Scitent for this endeavor. Their experience working with healthcare professionals enables them to deliver impactful education courses to our member organizations,” said Zach Griffin, General Manager at The Governance Institute. “Seasoned business executives with varied backgrounds join the boards of healthcare organizations. To ensure their success, our online course helps them understand the rules around healthcare governance, and for our healthcare organization members, the course offers an important form of risk management.”

Griffin added that the course respects board members’ limited time and allows them to focus on specific topic areas typically needing education and development. Considered the first of its kind, Scitent’s 360-degree learning experience utilizes mastery learning to test board members along with a performance-based dashboard to focus instruction and practice on closing knowledge gaps.

“Scitent believes online learning should be learner-centered, so we delivered a mastery learning approach to ensure The Governance Institute learners attain maximum retention in preparation for making challenging decisions,” explained Vicky Mossman, Scitent’s VP of Partner Development.

About the Course

The Governance Institute’s Online Board Orientation Course, available via Scitent’s PROPEL™ distribution and Learning Management System, features dilemma-based modules in seven key topic areas, including:

  • Fundamental Fiduciary Duties
  • How the Board Accomplishes Work
  • Board Responsibilities: Quality Oversight and Financial Oversight
  • Board Responsibilities: Strategic Direction and Mission Oversight
  • Board Responsibilities: Board Development, Management Oversight, and Community Benefit and Advocacy
  • Committees: The Workhorses of the Board
  • Gaining Perspective to Serve Effectively: An Overview of the Healthcare Industry

The course is available to members of The Governance Institute. See more.

About The Governance Institute

The Governance Institute, a service of National Research Corporation, provides trusted, independent information and resources to board members, healthcare executives, and physician leaders in support of their efforts to lead and govern their organizations. It is a membership organization serving not-for-profit hospital and health system boards of directors, executives, and physician leadership. Membership services are provided through research and publications, conferences, and advisory services. In addition, The Governance Institute conducts research studies, tracks healthcare industry trends, and showcases governance practices of leading healthcare boards across the country.

About Scitent

Based in Charlottesville, Va., Scitent helps nonprofits, associations, healthcare organizations and for-profit organizations foster and grow their eLearning business with in-house expertise in sales and marketing, course distribution, instructional design/courseware development, distribution and LMS technology and services, eCommerce and customer support.


Danielle McNulty
Senior Marketing Manager
[email protected]