Sharing What Works

March 16 – 18, 2016 Orlando, FL

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LS205 Low-tech eLearning Solutions for Low-tech Environments

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 16



From its inception, distance learning at Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) has covered three priority areas: creating distance learning and blended learning courses, providing post-training support for IDI alumni, and integrating education technology tools into face-to-face courses. However, IDI has faced the significant challenge of battling an environment where prospective trainees have little-to-no access to fast, reliable Internet. To deliver full-fledged, online courses, IDI has used the open-source software Poodle.

In this session, you will learn how Poodle is being used to provide an offline virtual learning environment through preloaded USB flash drives. You will see how healthcare workers in rural areas benefit through this innovative, low-tech solution. You will learn how during the delivery of distance-learning courses, trainees can use the ATIC toll-free line to receive assistance on course-related administration and coordination. You will also learn how IDI has successfully used an SMS system through which trainees are sent quiz questions to provide follow-up to training.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to use Poodle for offline environments
  • How to incorporate toll-free call centers to support distance-learning courses
  • How to provide SMS-based follow-up of training
  • How to understand the complexities of providing distance-learning opportunities in slow, unreliable Internet environments

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, and project managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Poodle, ATIC call center, and SMS.

Sejal Vashi

Learning Designer

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Sejal Vashi, a learning designer at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, helps translate pedagogical theory and research into instructional activities and methods that support desired learning outcomes. Prior to joining the Chan School, Sejal was at the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, where she was an eLearning Specialist and a Global Health Corps fellow, designing and delivering training on HIV and TB, among other topics. Her former positions include work with the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness at Boston EMS, a division of the Boston Public Health Commission, training health professionals on emergency preparedness. Sejal holds a master of public health degree and a master of science degree in education.

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