iCEV vs. HealthCenter21: Which Is Best for Your Classroom?
Whether you are experienced or new to the game as a health science technology teacher, chances are you will need to add new instructional materials to your program at some point.
As you do, you'll discover digital curriculum options (like HealthCenter21and iCEV) to find one that best fits your unique classroom needs.
While our HealthCenter21 curriculum helps thousands of teachers across the US, we understand you want to consider all of your options before selecting new CTE curriculum resources for your health science courses.
It is common for CTE teachers to ask us questions like: "If we don't use HealthCenter21, what would you recommend?" and “Between HealthCenter21 and iCEV, which curriculum is better?”
Your interest in picking the best curriculum is great, but asking “Which is better?” is the wrong question to ask. Each eLearning curriculum system has it’s own specializations and purposes.
A better question to consider is: “Is iCEV or HealthCenter21 a better fit for me and my students?"
Here at AES, we want to make sure that you find the best fit for you, whether it is our curriculum or another.
Let's start with details about iCEV's health science program.
What Is the iCEV Online Health Science Program?
iCEV Online is a digital curriculum from CEV Multimedia that many schools utilize. In some ways it is comparable to HealthCenter21, and though each program has key differences.
The iCEV digital curriculum system covers several educational topics for both secondary school and higher education. For the purpose of this post, however, I will focus on their new Health Science Program.
The image below is a list of all of the curriculum topics that iCEV provides for health science:
iCEV's Health Science Curriculum and System
iCEV has a number of “pre-packaged courses” that help take away some of the stress and time that is involved in planning your health science courses.
If you want to create your own courses, they offer the ability to customize as much as you want — even partial customizations of “pre-packaged courses.”
Each iCEV course is outlined on its “lesson page,” which gives access to the videos, PowerPoints, lessons, and any other resources available for that course.
iCEV aligns their courses to both national and state standards, both of which are found in their curriculum.
You can check out whether iCEV correlates to your state's standards by clicking the “standards alignment” button found within the “course page.”
The iCEV program also includes an automatic grading feature that keeps the amount for work you as an instructor down.
Keeping track of grades is one of the most time consuming aspects for teachers. eLearning curriculum providers have been making strides to help teachers save time.
In comparison to HealthCenter21, iCEV has fewer customizable features and abilities.
However, they supply more content for upper level health science courses.
Even with the limited customization, iCEV does a lot of the work for their teachers. They'll even review your syllabus to suggest any other lessons that could help your custom courses.
What Is HealthCenter21?
HealthCenter21 is an eLearning curriculum, designed to be used in a blended learning classroom.
Blended learning is a mix between digital and traditional teaching methods, allowing students learn material and retain it in the long-run.
HealthCenter21 is based on the four phases of learning:
- Learn & practice
HealthCenter21 covers many foundational health science topics and careers.
These topics include health care foundations, medical office assistant, and emergency medical services, among others.
The image below is a list of all curriculum topics provided in HealthCenter21:
HealthCenter21's Health Science Curriculum and System
HealthCenter21 is an entirely cloud-based program, allowing students and instructors to sign-on from anywhere they have an Internet connection.
Instructors create a “course” containing different "modules," which contain a variety of "lessons."
Teachers can customize their courses with as many different modules as they'd like, giving them full control over what their students learn in and out of the classroom.
In addition, HealthCenter21 was developed in accordance with state and national standards. (For example, the Health Care Foundations Template is based on the National Consortium for Health Science standards.)
Currently, HealthCenter21 does not publish its correlations. They're available upon request from the AES support team.
HealthCenter21 also comes with a variety of features, like automatic grading. The modules and lessons are also frequently updated with the newest information from reliable health science sources, ensuring your students always learn the latest and best information in their fields.
Teachers can also customize:
- Due dates
- Student pacing
- Exams and quizzes
In terms of teacher comfort, the curriculum eases the stress of planning lessons by providing lesson plans, activities, PowerPoints, projects, and other resources in addition to the interactive eLearning lessons.
Best of all, HealthCenter21 is designed with teachers in mind. The features are easy to use (even if a teacher isn't tech-savvy) and offer a wide range of options for ambitious teachers who want to have a hand in every detail of their students' education.
So Which Health Science Curriculum Is Right for You?
Let's break down what we've discussed.
|Comparison Point||HealthCenter21||iCEV Health Science|
|Content for Grades 7-12|
|Content for Higher Education|
|State Correlations||Varies By State||Varies By State|
|Pre-Packaged Courses & Templates|
|Create & Customize Your Own Course|
|Detailed Customization Features|
|30 Day Free Trial|
Ultimately, the choice is up to you or your school's decision-maker.
Both curriculum options are similar, but they offer key differences that make them ideal for different teachers.
The biggest differences are the target grade levels and customization features. Many of the differences between iCEV and HealthCenter21 actually involve what the digital lessons and assessments look like.
The best way to figure out which one will fit for your courses is to sign up for a trial of each and test them in your classroom.
If you've already decided, you can try HealthCenter21 for no charge and no obligation!
Start your free trial today!
About Laura Posey
During the day Laura provides solutions and answers questions about your AES needs. Of course, when her ear is not glued to the phone or furiously typing a response to your questions via chat or email, she is creating something that will help to guide you through HealthCenter21 or Business&ITCenter with ease.