Session Date: April 23, 2021
Session Description: Whether trying to improve healthcare workers’ clinical skills or health researchers’ and advocates’ communication skills, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the global health community to reconfigure conventional face-to-face training models to virtual ones. This dynamic session will address a critical information gap in making this transition effectively, highlighting actionable tips and insights collected from multiple projects (MOMENTUM, PACE, EEDA, RISE). Distance learning experts will lead this session with reflections from recent training participants, including a designer of an immunization curriculum, a reproductive health researcher from Senegal and a family planning youth advocate from Ethiopia. Panelists will build from two forthcoming resources: “Distance and Blended Learning: An Overview and Introduction to Assessing Resources, Needs, and Capacities” and “Distance and Blended Learning: Selecting Tools, Communication with Participants, and Assessing Training” to offer a series of practical strategies for planning, implementing, and assessing distance and blended learning training. When applicable, speakers will highlight concrete examples or reflections of what did or did not work during an actual training. Illustrative tips include assessing trainer/trainee digital literacy, choosing technology tools appropriate for the context, and building community among participants. Audience members will have an opportunity to share their own experiences and ask questions.