For the elearning to be truly effective, it was important to take an immersive approach in our scenario-based training, to combat the learner fatigue associated with the traditional ‘click next to continue’ button. Instead, learners are faced with action buttons, which prompt them to decide on the correct response to progress. The course delivers key messages and narratives through touch-compatible scrolling screens, and combines real-life video case studies with bespoke animations. These features capture the hearts and minds of learners, and encourage emotional investment in a new way of thinking about mental health.
The instructional design of the course embodies the three key elements that we believe are the only way to deliver a lasting change in behaviour, through emotional investment.
1. Diagnostics that show me where I am in relation to desired behaviours
At the beginning of the module, learners complete a self-assessment which rates their current knowledge and understanding, then outputs a matrix which measures competency in four key areas. This relates learning outcomes to everyday behaviour, and encourages learners to reflect on where they are now, and where they can develop.
2. Scenario-based and video content to challenge learner preconceptions
We developed compelling scenario-based activities which introduce patient case studies and ask learners to make difficult decisions related to patient care. Each example offers corrective or supportive feedback in cohesion with a human rights-based approach to care.
We worked carefully with Amnesty International to produce sensitive, emotive video footage, and wove it into the course’s overall design aesthetic with line-drawing transitions into and out of the video content.
3.Tailored action plans
At key points, learners add to a printable, personally tailored action plan to support continued development. They can then complete the diagnostic again at the end of the course to assess how far they’ve come.