So, three months ago I posted a tweet:
A stat&mand lead emailed to say she wants to change the way her subject is delivered thanks to “the excellent session” by @CraigTaylor74
— Nick Lee (@N1ckL33) October 9, 2013
Well after a quiet couple of weeks for Christmas and New Year, I’ve now had a chance to catch up with our Blood Transfusion lead who has talked me through her new plans for Blood Transfusion training at UHS. For anyone outside of the organisation, or even for those inside it, we currently have our staff undertake a number of modules from a national blood transfusion site. As the site is a self-contained LMS, we are able to track completions, but given that there is no shared unique identifier, it is very difficult for us to report on the completions from the site in order to determine our compliance.
Aside from these reporting difficulties, the hardest part is that the modules are far more in-depth than a high percentage of our staff actually require. So our staff find the modules are far more complicated than they need to be, and actually they don’t focus on the real parts which really matter to our staff – so all in all – it’s not the most enjoyable experience.
Our blood transfusion lead attended the session which Craig ran for our staff, focusing on what e-learning really was. The aim of this session was to help our subject leads (and internal staff) understand that e-learning is far more than a “click next” package. This session really hit home to this particular lead, who decided that the best way to deliver her training would be through the use of short videos.
When I met with the lead last week, she has identified five key areas which she considers to be important (different areas for different role requirements). For each of these levels there will be a video available. Some of these videos will be short videos of just over a minute, whereas others would be longer. Each of these videos will be supported with a selection of curated materials, along with an assessment to check understanding.
So we’re moving from two massive click next modules which we know our staff don’t particularly enjoy, to a number of short videos which will allow our staff to access training which is directly relevant to their roles and easily accessible in smaller relevant chunks, allowing our staff to completely control their own learning in this subject area.
We’ve planned the videos and are preparing to record them, then we’ll roll this new training out to our staff who need this level of Blood Transfusion training, and hopefully – this will be the first in a long line of compliance subjects to change their delivery method!