Choose what and how to learn
What? Combine the Modules and their elements in ways that suit your learning needs and the learning needs of your team. When possible, make collaborative decisions with your learners on what to learn and at what pace.
How? Choose whether you want to use the eModules as self-directed individualized course (you review them on your own at your pace) or as learning materials to support group learning.
For example, choose to “flip the classroom” and ask your CBR team participants to review one Module—watch the video ahead of time at home and go through the materials and questions individually—to later engage in an in-person or live online facilitated discussion (e.g., using Skype). Or watch the video as a group in a workshop and use the quizzes or questions provided as a group.
Goals? These educational materials are intended to support the basic training or review of general concepts. They are designed for community, academic, frontline members, ideally working together. They are planned to be engaging for a diversity of research practitioner audiences including graduate students, new community-based researchers, peer researchers and well established health researchers.
The peer researcher educational materials are designed to support the training of peer researchers in health research, specifically in HIV research that is community based, before and during the process. They are especially dedicated to the formation of persons living with HIV who have a role in research from advisory committee members to data collectors.
Blend the delivery
Modules are intended to support “blended learning” and the delivery of in-person and online (synchronous and asynchronous) audio-visual and written materials. Blended learning is the integrated combination of traditional learning with web based on-line approaches (adapted from Peter Sharma’s “Blending Learning in a Web 2.0 World”, 2009 and “Blended learning”, 2010).
Try mobile learning!
The U.S. The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative describes mobile learning as: “Leveraging ubiquitous mobile technology for the adoption or augmentation of knowledge, behaviors, or skills through education, training, or performance support while the mobility of the learner may be independent of time, location, and space.” Find real tips on how to incorporate m-learning elements in your teaching/learning by accessing the ADL living document here.
Evaluate the learning
How do you know if you or your team is learning? Evaluate the learning of participants using the UWW eModules in a number of ways. The Modules contain traditional forms of educational evaluation such as Pop Quizzes created around the central concepts in a Module that in all likelihood need to be recalled as they are originally stated.
For example, OCAP, the set of principles to conduct research with Aboriginal communities, is likely to remain unchanged over time and its users need to remember what it means. The Pop Quizzes can be used by individuals to check their own progress (the results are always offered in PDF format by the program, so they can be printed) or they can be used in their paper and pencil versions by the facilitators. Pop quizzes are useful to evaluate drill and practice exercises that involve repetition of skills and memorization of crucial language (e.g. OCAP). Open-ended questions are often used to reflect on issues arising from the Module contents.
Promote formative evaluation
In addition, formative and collaborative evaluation can be conducted by simply checking with participants on the major landmarks of their learning, their increased awareness, knowledge and skill. Over time, teams may choose to measure the application of the knowledge and skills according to the specific goals of their training for peer researchers.
(Adapted from Fetterman, D. M., 2001b, Foundations of empowerment evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage)
Collaborate with us
If at UWW we don’t have what you need, let us know and we will collaborate with you to design, implement and evaluate new content. This is how the existing contents came to exist! Find help by mailing Dr. Francisco Ibanez-Carrrasco at firstname.lastname@example.org