About CILT


The mission of the Center for Innovation Learning and Teaching is to improve the quality of instruction across campus leading to increased and deeper student learning.

The overarching goals of the Center are to:

  • establish and nurture a culture of critical reflection on teaching which engages the university faculty, staff and students to pursue innovation.
  • develop collaborations and excellence in teaching and learning.
  • actively participate in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The Center collaborates with academic programs to support student success by offering programs, services, individual assistance and resources designed to enhance the diverse development of faculty.

The Center collaborates with university administrators, faculty, and students to support effective pedagogy and student learning from diverse backgrounds, and helps promote an institutional vision for teaching excellence. This includes assessing and prioritizing needs, setting goals, and working towards accomplishing the goals.



Jim O'Connor, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching, Western Division

Professor and Founding Dean Emeritus of the College of Education and Health Sciences, Touro University California

1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592



The Clinical Skills Center ∙ The Simulation Center ∙ The Media Recording Studio

The Clinical Skills Center

The Clinical Skills Center is a space designed to simulate clinical settings for students to learn and demonstrate clinical tasks and reasoning. We have many modes of simulated experience to offer, high and low fidelity simulation experiences with human manikins, tasks trainers, Standardized and simulated patient encounters in person or on a remote telehealth format. Rooms can be booked to utilize the space and setting. Events for teaching and assessment can be booked with our simulation programs.

The CSC Space:

14 Clinic rooms with CAE LearningSpace stations outside & inside each room for video capture & data collection.

Each room is outfitted with the following:

• Heine Wall diagnostic units with oto/ophthalmoscope (with Welch Allyn Specula available should students prefer to use their own)
• Hand sanitizer
• Tongue blades
• Long cotton tipped swabs
• Reflex hammer
• Tuning fork
• Paper drapes
• Pillow
• Rolling clinician stool
• Step stool
• Eye chart
• Exam lamps
• Optional seating for small groups
• We have procedure trays for 3 rooms

CAE LearningSpace OSCE System

The OSCE software will collect reported data via checklists, student post- encounter SOAP notes/reflection or quiz. It will capture each student OSCE encounter with video and sound.

• Video review of student encounters with SPs are easily streamed and much easier accessed.
• Improved audio/video capture during OSCE encounters.
• Upgraded Intercom System for announcements.
• Faculty FON (Faculty Observation Narrative) gives faculty the option of commenting on videos while reviewing
for students to watch their video with the faculty commentary flagged.
• FON capability also offers customizable faculty rubric for scoring while reviewing videos that will be archived
and scored in the data along with the SP checklist.
• 16 Virtual Rooms for SP encounters remotely for telehealth visits as well as Covid-19 safety.

Simulation Services (Standardized Patients and Human Manikins)

• Standardized and Simulated Patients (SP)
• Remote Encounters can be designed to reflect both Telehealth and In person settings

Menu of designed SP driven Simulation Activities:

• Single and multi-station OSCE’s (remote Telehealth and Clinic in person)
• Small group interactive workshops
• Recurring patient lab encounters
• Case demonstrations
• Live case studies
• Inter professional group interviews


Standardized Patient Program

Our Standardized Patients (SPs) are carefully chosen and trained to enhance student experience with real life scenarios designed to support course material. Through many interactions with SPs, TUC medical students reinforce and track milestones in communication, physical exam, clinical reasoning, and professionalism.


The Simulation Center

This university wide program features a simulated ICU/Emergency Room setting and hi-fidelity patient simulators with instant video replay for debriefing and feedback. Students of varied clinical disciplines experience the impact of interprofessional communication and teamship in the care of patients and their families. With communication as a central goal, students of nursing, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant and public health collaborate in realistic, varied scenarios designed for collective competency in patient safety.


· Rapid Response Simulation Suite – 2 adult patient stations, 1 infant station.
· 12-person debriefing suite / private meeting room
· 50-person common area / study lounge


· High Fidelity Patient Simulator (emergency care & trauma model) – Team assessment and rapid response.
· High Fidelity Patient Simulator (birthing model) – Birthing scenarios, emergency scenarios, team assessment.
· Preterm Infant Trainer – Assessment and resuscitation.
· Full-term Infant Trainer – Assessment and resuscitation.
· Pediatric CPR Trainer – Manikin head & torso with real-time CPR feedback.
· Abdominal Examination Trainer – Palpable abnormal findings with diaphragm compression.
· Venipuncture Trainers (x2) – IV placement and blood draws.
· Standardized Patients – Actors trained to portray patients & medical professionals within a given context.
· Moulage – Makeup and modules to simulate symptoms and traumas.
· Patient Monitors (x2) – ECG, SpO2, CO2, ABP, CVP, ICP, Anesthetic Agent, PH, PTC, PAP, PCWP, NIBP, TOF
. Cardiac Output, 12-Lead ECG Display, Labs and Imaging.
· Hil-rom Advanta Bed – Functional standard hospital bed.
· Hil-rom Birthing bed – Functional standard birthing bed.
· Gurneys (x2) – Patient transport and field response.
· Spine Board system – Patient transport and immobilization.
· Hospital Sink – With eye-wash station.
· Functional Headwalls – Suction, air, standard connections.
· Baby-warmer – Neonatal evaluation and care.
· Defibrillator – Rhythm monitoring, defibrillation, cardio version, pacing, AED.
· Shocklink - Absorbs charge from defibrillators for use with low-fidelity manikins.
· AED Trainer – Safely simulates an automated defibrillator.
· IV infusion pump – Fluid delivery. Programmable drips, infusions, boluses.
· Feeding pump - Continuous or intermittent enteral feeding.
· Crash Cart – Emergency supplies and medications.
· Med-Cart – Medication storage.
· Supply Rack – Storage rack with drawers for medical supplies.

What are high-fidelity patient simulators?

Our realistic life-sized manikins can be programmed to portray evolving disease states through combinations of physiological and neurological symptoms, pharmacological responses to medications, as well as true-to-life interactions with resuscitation tools and medical equipment. These high-tech players can verbalize sensations, vary pupillary responses, exhibit palpable bilateral pulses that change with heart rate and blood pressure, develop realistic airway and lung complications, stomach distention and much more. They contain extensive libraries of ECG rhythms along with heart, breath and bowel sounds that can be auscultated using proper techniques.

They breath, bleed, sweat, cry, froth, convulse, and one of them even gives birth. They can respond to emergency interventions like tracheostomy, needle decompression, chest-drainage, or defibrillation. CPR and cardio version may not only revive or stabilize a crashing simulator, but also generate real-time analytics to help learners optimize performance. Evaluations and interventions are time stamped with video recordings so that a performance record is available to faculty as an aide for constructive feedback.


Clinical Skills Center & Simulation Center
Calendar Events


The Media Recording Studio

Video Production services
• On-site video production
• Green screen / Chroma Key
• Project consultation (pre-production)
• Directing
• Producing / Production
• Videography
• Lighting
• Principal photography
• Project management

Post-Production services:
• Audio engineering
• Video editing
• Motion graphics
• Color correction
• Sequence export to a file
• Distribution of exported projects to project initiator via BOX
• Voice Over Narration
• Voice Over Intros and Extros

The CILT Staff


Simulation Center

Kim C Codella
Simulation Manager/Tech
(707) 638-5401

Clinical Skills Center

Cee Harrelson
OSCE Director
(707) 638-5869

Rebecca A Howard
Standardized Patient Trainer
(707) 638-5258

Stephen D Tessier
CILT Administrative Assistant
(707) 638-5516

Media Recording Studio

Aaron P McMath
Media Recording Studio Manager
(707) 590-0094


Center Fellows

Center Fellows are recruited from current faculty who are interested in the work of the center. Individuals with expertise in effective pedagogy, instructional design, educational psychology, or the learning sciences are encouraged to apply.

Center Fellows assist in pursuing the goals and mission of the Center by serving as resources to other faculty across campus.

Current CILT Fellows: