How we work / Blended group learning

Health[e]Foundation uses the blended training model to train groups. A blended learning program consists of a training period, followed by certification, and continuous medical education through annual updates of the course content. Usually, we start with a kick-off workshop, followed by a self-study period, including pre- and post-tests, and, then, a follow-up workshop. The number of workshops can be adjusted, depending on the needs of the training group. Participants receive distant learning support: they are encouraged to interact with their peers through the participant portal and to seek e-tutor support through their personalized e-learning accounts.

The workshops and online training bring for me so many uses: I can update myself with no limitation, everywhere, any time, so I can help myself, my clients and also my colleagues by this acquired knowledge. Thank you Health[e]Foundation! Participant Health[e]Families, Dessie, Ethiopia (October 2017)

Usually, 25-50 participants attend the kick-off workshop . Local experts give guest lectures to ensure that the information is understood in the local context and to facilitate networking. During the kick-off workshop, each participant receives a personal username and a password. In locations where the internet is not always accessible, participants are given a USB stick or a tablet that contains the complete e-learning course. This guarantees that each participants has offline access to the whole course. The Health[e]Foundation team explains the course and demonstrates how to use the e-learning platform. During the workshop, the participants have time to familiarize themselves with the e-learning course. All workshops are designed to be as interactive as possible, through interactive presentations, electronic quizzes, ice-breakers and discussions.

Following the kick-off workshop, participants have a fixed self-study period to complete the modules of the e-learning course. Every course consists of self-study modules written by renowned experts in the field. Each module starts with a pre-test and ends with a post-test in order to evaluate the learning curve of the participants. When applicable, a course includes a module on local epidemiology, local clinical cases and videos. References, a glossary and copies of international and national guidelines are also available as part of the course. Participants can study the course online via internet, or offline through their USB stick or tablet. The distance learning part ensures that participants can study at their own pace and time. Click here to learn more about our e-learning platform.

After the self-study period, participants gather again for a follow-up workshop. This workshop addresses key topics of the course in a collaborative setting, with experts as guest speakers. The agenda includes lectures; interactive discussions; and individual and group exercises that are focused on the participants’ needs and local circumstances. We evaluate each individual’s knowledge gain and conduct monitoring and evaluation of the training course overall.

Even after the follow-up workshop participants continue to have life-long access to the course. They can access the regularly updated course content and stay members of Health[e]Foundation. They are encouraged to continue to work on their professional development with our courses.

Have a look at our project overview to read more about how, and where, we have implemented our blended learning method. Click here to see all of our e-learning courses.

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