In 2005, the Council formed the Long Range Planning Committee to review all aspects of the Regulatory Element, including the delivery system and instructional design aspects. The Council decided at that time that a more advanced CE program was needed, and the concept of redesigning the current CE programs in three phases was adopted.
The first phase of the redesign project to employ new instructional design methodologies and upgraded technology began. Changes were made to the content outlines, the structure of the programs and the content.
Each module contained a case that had specified learning objectives that play out in a storyline, following characters through a series of scenes to a resolution. Educational elements in the form of interactive pop-up resources were integrated into the scenes to provide more in-depth knowledge about the topics being covered. Activities focusing on the learning objectives followed each scene and assessed the participant’s understanding of the topics covered. Participants had to show proficiency in four modules to successfully complete their CE sessions.
In 2009, a pilot program was conducted to verify the validity of the new programs’ structure and content. The accumulation of comments and feedback from the session helped put the finishing touches on the project. The redesigned content was successfully launched into the industry in January 2010. A second phase of the redesign, focused on the S201 Program for Supervisory/Principals, followed and was launched in January 2012.
A third phase of the redesign of CE began in 2013, with the development of the S901 Operations Professional Regulatory Element Program. The S901 was developed in response to a recommendation from the SEC to create a regulatory structure for back-office operations staff. The program launched in October 2013.