Today, September 4, 2012, I had the opportunity to share with the staff at Project HOPE the principles of Adult Learning and how to make training more Active by incorporating sound instructional design principles such as Gagne’s Principle of Learning and ARCS motivation theory. During the training session I also gave a short primer on what is eLearning, how to create an eLearning course and how to convert your existing instructor-led training (ILT) into an eLearning course.
Project HOPE China is being innovative as they move their on-ground training programs, which are costly to run, to on-line training programs, which has a huge upfront cost, but over the long term is not expensive to maintain and run. It is a great cost saving measure and will create a tremendous ability to reach more health care professionals and patients.
During the training session we spent time discussing how the team could use interactive elements in their existing training programs and what they would need to do to prepare the Rural Training course materials for conversion to eLearning. Kudos to the Project HOPE Shanghai team; I am glad that I am part of this next phase.
I finished up the training discussing QR Codes and their application for Project HOPE. That was a hit. I created a QR code for the Project HOPE China website and my website and had everyone test it; the team was excited to scan the code using their cellphones and an iPad. Immediately, they were able to access their website, see text messages and even business cards I created. I could see the wheels turning in their heads as they thought of ways to use this new tool in their training programs. Immediately Niki and Lisa began to use the QR codes in their literature for the Cervical Cancer and HPV awareness campaigns.