Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology Request for Proposals for Curriculum Development Services

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION FOR DENTAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY
The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (Foundation) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The purpose of the Foundation is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by addressing industry driven needs and providing solutions that are relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team. For additional information about the Foundation and its program, visit www.dentallabfoundation.org.

HISTORY OF THE FOUNDATION
The Foundation was incorporated in 2008 and is committed to advocating and raising awareness for the necessity of dental laboratory technology education for dental laboratory technicians and other effected members of the dental team.

To date, the Foundation has awarded over $90,000.00 in scholarships to dental technicians striving to obtain their CDT designation. The Foundation has also awarded over $150,000.00 in grants to dental technology schools to assist them with funding, innovation in teaching methodology, technology enhancement and upgrading access to relevant course training materials. Over 500 individual Certified Dental Technicians, over 700 dental laboratories and countless manufacturers, suppliers and speakers routinely support the Foundation.

Since its initial launch, the Foundation has worked to address the challenges our industry is facing related to education and has worked hard to create opportunities for current and future dental technicians.

For additional information about the Foundation and its program, visit www.dentallabfoundation.org.

MISSION The Foundation’s Mission is to advocate for and raise awareness for the necessity of dental laboratory technology education for dental technicians and other effected members of the dental team.

NEED FOR ONLINE COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION
Finding qualified technicians continues to be one of the greatest challenges within the dental laboratory profession. The Foundation Trust wholly supports formal dental laboratory education and encourages those interested in working within the profession to consider a formal educational program. However, for technicians working on the job, obtaining access to high quality comprehensive theoretical knowledge in the profession can be a challenge.

The Foundation launched its Foundation Learning Library at www.dentallabfoundation.org/courses. in 2016 and has over 50 courses available. The Foundation recognizes that there is still a need for a comprehensive program that focuses on teaching core knowledge based competencies for current and future technicians.

The belief is that a program of this nature would primarily serve workforce needs in the industry. It is intended that a program of this nature would consist of 11 initial courses. Each course would be broken into smaller modules to help learners prioritize the information, retain the information better and allow for easier movement through the programs. It is the intent of the Foundation that once the initial 11 courses are launched, additional specialty specific courses will be created as well.

The first 11 courses are shown below:
  • Introduction to Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Dental and DLT History
  • Regulations and Scope of Practice
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Communication Strategies
  • Professional Ethics
  • Tooth Morphology and Physiology
  • Occlusion and Basic Functions
  • Science of Dental Materials
  • Dental Laboratory Equipment
  • Introduction to CAD/CAM
The Foundation has spent considerable time and resources creating the content to be distributed within each course and will provide these additional details to interested parties upon receipt of a signed non-disclosure agreement (included with this request for proposal).

To obtain a detailed breakdown of the content to be delivered within each course, please return a signed non-disclosure agreement to the parties indicated in this proposal in advance of the deadline.

SCOPE OF SERVICES
The selected firm would be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement to protect the intellectual integrity of the content being provided as part of this proposal. The following are deliverables that would be required as part of this proposal:

  • Syllabus – each course will require a syllabus to be created as part of the scope of services. At a minimum, the syllabus will contain the following items:
    - a description of the course
    - a description of each module within the course
    - course learning outcomes
    - references used in the creation of the course
    - additional resources for the learner to access

    The Foundation will provide a template to the selected individual or company to use to ensure continuity of the syllabi.
  • Presentation – within each course, each module will require a presentation, preferably PowerPoint, to provide users with a visual of the training/education. Each presentation should include text (presented in bullet format), images and/or video (as applicable) to help the user achieve learning outcomes. The Foundation will provide a template to the selected individual or company to use to ensure continuity of the presentations.
  • Script – each course will require a script outlining the content to be spoken with the corresponding slide. The Foundation will provide a template to the selected individual or company to use to ensure continuity of the script format.

    Please note that presentation of this material is not included in this request for proposal, but may be included as an additional element in the proposal submitted to the Foundation.

    THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
    As a quality control measure, the Foundation will have each course and module peer reviewed as part of the process.

    Deliverables will be initially submitted to the Foundation by an agreed upon deadline. The materials would undergo a peer review process (managed by the Foundation), the Foundation would provide feedback to the selected individual or company for updates/modifications and then final deliverables will be provided to the Foundation by an agreed upon deadline.

    PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS
    The scope of this proposal should include the following items:
  • A signed Non-Disclosure Agreement.
  • An indication of your ability to provide support for each aspect of the deliverables mentioned in this RFP. Indicate any areas that you intend to outsource.
  • An explanation of your experience related to dental laboratory technology. Please include a resume and/or CV for anyone involved in delivering the scope of services outlined in the RFP.
  • A clear explanation of how the Foundation will be charged for the deliverables included in this proposal.
  • A timeline for development including expected dates of draft deliverables.
  • A detailed breakdown of costs associated with the deliverables included in this proposal.

    TIMELINE
    Proposals due Friday, May 26, 2017
    Finalist Interviews June/July 2017
    Start Date September 1, 2017
    Draft Deliverables Due by December 1, 2017
    Peer Review Process by Foundation December 2017/January 2018
    Final Deliverables Due March 1, 2018

    QUESTIONS
    For questions regarding this RFP, please contact:
    To: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE – rluoma@executiveoffice.org
    Copied To: Bennett Napier, CAE – bennett@executiveoffice.org

    PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
    Submit proposals by email no later than Friday, May 26, 2017
    To: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE – rluoma@executiveoffice.org
    Copied To: Bennett Napier, CAE – bennett@executiveoffice.org

    ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
    Non-Disclosure Agreement

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