The customary reliance on the physical presence of expert trainers and traditional teaching techniques based on lectures and Powerpoint presentations are of variable quality, often difficult to scale and have their own risks such as bringing people together in the midst of an outbreak.
Further challenges include:
These challenges all came to the fore during the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and remain challenges for any new outbreak or threat from an emergent pathogen. But there is some good news. Digital infrastructures enable innovative methods of delivery which entail new skills and approaches, and these have been tried and tested in other sectors from aviation to the oil and gas industry.
Some of their most important benefits of digital training include:
In this project we are seeking to be a catalyst for a pedagogic revolution in local capacity building, breaking away from the traditional INGO model of depending on large numbers of international experts; and we wanted to show how that could happen, addressing a universal issue directly affecting the security of communities, and patient safety – infection, prevention and control and we sought to do that through innovative educational technology using distributed simulation, improving knowledge retention, confidence and ultimately competence using the latest technologies that can knowledge could be shared globally on a greater scale, quality and adaptability than has hereto been possible.
Reviewing the experience in the field as well as the consultations we have come up with a list of ten key requirements for adapting simulation training to the humanitarian and particularly the public health field.
Top image: The opportunity to shift training from the ‘sage on the stage’ to the ‘digital guide by your side’
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