We’re updating our online collection of elearning examples. Quite a few of them are from custom projects that tackle difficult, but critical and life-saving topics. Here are summaries of two examples we posted recently.
Elearning Example 1: Visual Models and the HIV/STD Program Case Management Training
“As a virus, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, demonstrates characteristics of all viruses…”
So begins the warm, female voice kicking off the first of several elearning examples we’re updating for our website.
Our HIV/STD Program Case Management Training sample showcases a custom elearning project for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). DSHS’s mandate is to identify, report, prevent, and control HIV, AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the State of Texas.
Microassist’s elearning development services first came into play for the HIV/STD case management project in 2010. That’s when we worked with the agency to launch an online training program for new case managers.
DSHS’s Case Management Training Program needed to equip case managers well while optimizing the use of public funds. Also, because of the nature of their responsibilities, it meant keeping case workers available to clients as much as possible—rather than cloistered away in training rooms.
To meet these goals, DSHS hired Microassist to develop online, self-paced training for new case managers.
A highly visual course, the training makes use of detailed illustrations and animations to demonstrate various aspects of HIV. It engages learners and fosters learning retention. Surveyed learners report the course to be thorough, informative, and helpful.
We selected this course as one of our elearning examples because of its important subject matter and the way we used animated illustrations as part of the course. You may view the sample video on the HIV Replication Process section, and the companion case study for the project, at our elearning example page, “Texas Department of State Health Services HIV/STD Program Case Management Training,”
Elearning Example 2: Perinatal HIV Prevention Program Training Showcases Interactions
Our elearning examples include more than one DSHS project. In 2011, the agency launched an elearning course for clinicians working with pregnant women. The catalyst for building this course was a rise in perinatal HIV infection. As part of the effort to drive down HIV transmission from mother to child, DSHS hired Microassist to develop training to more thoroughly equip clinicians to overcome obstacles to perinatal HIV testing. With such a sensitive topic, the task included reaching clinicians reluctant to discuss the benefits of HIV testing for pregnant women.
Microassist worked closely with the agency’s subject matter experts. The result was a ninety-minute elearning course that gave doctors, nurses, and other clinicians the communication tools they needed.
The course covered case studies, scientific data, and specific communication strategies. It also transformed previously used, complex diagrams on how HIV is transmitted into an easily understood and well-illustrated narrative. And, the elearning format succeeded in reaching busy doctors and nurses.
The training was also built as an accessible elearning course, meeting State of Texas guidelines for being usable and perceivable by individuals with disabilities. At the same time, the Perinatal HIV Prevention course included an engaging and interactive design. This interactivity appealed to many of the surveyed respondents who took the course.
Read more on how this interactive course helped reduce perinatally acquired HIV in Texas, and see a sample of the interactions used on the elearning example page, “Perinatal HIV Prevention Program Training.”
Look for More Elearning Examples in Coming Months!
We are looking forward to improving our “Examples of Our Work” page with new and updated samples and improved navigation. Please stay tuned to see various aspects of our work.
Contact Us for Specific Elearning Development Needs
We welcome you to contact our team about your project. While our website may not have a lot of samples online just yet, we have many solutions we can discuss. Our consultants can listen to your particular learning need and demonstrate how we can help.
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