Updated: Jul 9, 2020
eLearning is often the preferred method for safety courses, since they're mandatory for all employees and are often taken regularly either for compliance reasons or as refreshers. But making safety courses engaging and interactive is not always easy.
Tools used: Articulate Storyline 2, Windows MovieMaker
Goal: Create an eLearning module to be included as part of a larger Manager in Training curriculum
Course Background: The client provided two large PowerPoints as the basis for the course. Given the content matter (safety - not too exciting) and the amount of content, I needed a way to break down the content and make it meaningful to the learner.
Break it Up
I ended up breaking the course up into three 15-minute courses:
Introduction to safety
Preventing accidents & injuries
When accidents happen
These three sections chunked the content out into a logical order. This made it easier for the learner to digest the content without overwhelming them with it all at once.
Follow a Theme
This client has safety teams at each location, so we framed the course around the premise of one of their safety meetings. The learner was able to sit in on a fictional safety meeting as they discussed the different topics on their agenda.
Make it Meaningful
I added in real-life examples and areas for the learner to pause and reflect on what they learned and how they could apply it. This helped them to see why this content was so important and how they could use it on the job.
This slide was provided at the beginning of the first module. It's goal was to provide part of the WIFFM for the course - What's In It For Me? It allowed the learner to reflect on their own experience with safety and analyze how it impacted their role.
This slide was provided at the end of a section discussing what was needed to keep locations prepared for an accident. The learner was asked to reflect on how they felt after completing that section, and identify what steps they needed to take.
This slide was part of the introduction to the module: When Accidents Happen. The goal was to provide context for the learner so they could better relate to the content and identify how to apply it.
Throughout the course, additional activities, exercises and scenarios were used to create an interactive experience for the learner. Below are just a few examples:
This slide introduced a series of activities where the learner had to apply the knowledge they just learned and identify if the situation was an accident, incident or crisis.
This slide was the first in a scenario where an associate fell and the learner had to follow the correct steps to respond to the accident.
This slide was an interactive approach for the learner to identify the different types of workplace risks.
The overall solution to this course applied a number of different adult learning principles. I put special effort into identifying the learning need and helping the learner identify why they needed to learn the content. I also focused on the learner's motivation, helping them to answer the question "What's in it for me?" I allowed them the opportunity to think critically about what they learned and apply the information personally. The client was very happy with the result and to include these courses as part of their Manager in Training curriculum