Calling all e-learning folks who work in healthcare organizations

Received a note from a blog reader who is looking for healthcare organizations to benchmark with. She's looking to broaden her organization's e-learning curriculum, and she wants to compare notes about what's working (and what's not) when it comes to developing & deploying e-learning in a hospital or healthcare organization.

What a cool opportunity to connect with someone in the same industry and help each other improve your organization's e-learning effectiveness!

If you work in a healthcare setting and would be willing to share your experiences with a fellow community member, please add a reply to this post, or send me a message (you can click on my name and choose "send private message"). Thanks!

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Suzie Farthing
Jeanette Brooks

Received a note from a blog reader who is looking for healthcare organizations to benchmark with. She's looking to broaden her organization's e-learning curriculum, and she wants to compare notes about what's working (and what's not) when it comes to developing & deploying e-learning in a hospital or healthcare organization.

What a cool opportunity to connect with someone in the same industry and help each other improve your organization's e-learning effectiveness!

If you work in a healthcare setting and would be willing to share your experiences with a fellow community member, please add a reply to this post, or send me a message (you can click on my name and choose "send private message"). Thanks!

Hi Jeanette,

It is exciting to here about any healthcare organization transitioning from the old to new way. I have been a nurse for 20 years and can appreciate the value of this approach to staff education. Healthcare organizations are often still very dependent on paper resources and class lectures. We are on average slower than other industries in making the transition.

I have limited experience with the development of e-learning systems. However, my first unsuccessful attempt taught me a couple things. I hope to apply lessons learned to my development of a new program that I am writing for a start up first responder church health ministry merging with an already well established safety and security team. With so many different folks to train, e-learning is a must.

My first e-learning authoring attempt was during my Masters course work while with with a non-profit healthcare clinic. However, I was ultimately unsuccessful in the end; my window of opportunity closed. 

Here are two things I learned from my experience (with probably much)

1. Learn how to properly manage your files before you begin a work. I lost many files by misfiling them. E-Learning Hero blog and thread are great help with this. 

2. Keep it simple in the beginning. Maybe consider just posting your old PDF files into a learning framework that tracks completions. (Sorry, I can't remember proper term for it). I spent to much time trying to reinvent the wheel when I could have just got it posted up front. I could've worked further on the modules later. 

Healthcare folks don't really care about fancy. They do care about how much time continuing education takes. Less is much more and just the facts, please. 

I hope this helps! Suzie

Take care!

 

Catherine Evans

Thank you for your feedback. I am hoping my approach will be well received. Initial test views have been met with positive comments. I too struggle with not reinventing the wheel. Trying to balance boring/ factual vs. attention grabbing fun/factual. Prior to my taking over the position, every employee had to attend an eight how seminar yearly. Healthcare workers do not do well sitting for long stretches. This was also a nightmare working with people on all three shifts. I have missed the original project roll out date but am still hopeful it will be successful in the end.

Catherine Evans
Human Resource Specialist

Suzie Farthing

It sounds like you have a good grasp on the importance of attention
grabbling vs. a boring just the facts, please. If you can blend the two it
will be great, no doubt.

Have you finished all of your slides? I took too long on this piece. I am
working to increase my speed.

Do you mind if I ask how long this took you?

Catherine Evans

I started the process six months ago with researching software, and regulations then moved on to gathering information from subject matter experts. I started actual course design two months ago and have completed six courses. Still struggling with communication between Articulate Storyline2 and my Joomla LMS.

Catherine Evans

I would love to share ideas and resources with others in healthcare.

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