AMP provides expertise in instructional design to enhance our training courses and to meet a country’s specific needs. A dedicated team conceives and delivers training programs tailored to local requirements in the following areas: epidemiology, vaccinology, health services management, health promotion, and health logistics.
Prior to designing a training program, the team carefully analyzes needs and then creates customized content and materials that are adapted to the specific requirements of health professionals in developing countries. Several different teaching approaches are possible: face-to-face, eLearning or, most often, a combination of the two, known as “blended learning”.
eLearning and mLearning
eLearning is a type of distance training. With the widespread availability of new mobile technologies (such as smartphones and tablets), a new form of eLearning has emerged: mobile learning or mLearning.
eLearning or mLearning are suitable for developing the expertise and skills of health workers in developing countries. They make it possible to deliver training even in remote areas, where the opportunity for face-to-face programs is often very limited. In addition, distance learning enables students to further their education while remaining in the workplace and continuing to provide vital public health services to their local communities.
Internet access is still a problem in many developing countries due to the limited availability of connections or lack of suitable infrastructure. To overcome these problems, AMP has developed both on-line and off-line training courses.
Students can study off-line using a CD-ROM and record their scores as they go along. They upload their scores on an online training platform when they have Internet access, and receive messages from their tutor.
Face-to-face training is a suitable and effective approach for smaller groups of students. The training programs developed by AMP are based on a participative approach that places the learner at the heart of the training.
These programs use a wide range of innovative training techniques designed to maintain learners’ attention, ensure their involvement, and help them acquire knowledge and skills relevant to their working practices.
Blended learning combines eLearning and face-to-face learning. As such, theoretical knowledge can be acquired during the eLearning phase, while face-to-face sessions are devoted to acquiring more practical skills and expertise.
The Process of Creating Innovative Training Modules
All the training programs we design and develop follow a systematic approach known as instructional design. We use the ADDIE model that offers a step-by-step approach for Analyzing, Designing, Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating training programs.
Training Needs Assessment
Before starting the design and development of training programs, it is strongly recommended to start by evaluating learner expectations and needs. This helps to identify gaps between existing and required skills, and to define training requirements.
The next step is the conception of the training program, which involves activities such as:
- Definition of objectives and expected results
- Identification of partners
- Choice of the best training approach (face-to-face, eLearning, blended, supportive supervision)
- Definition of content
- Definition of the implementation strategy
- Identification of the evaluation strategy
Once the design stage has been completed, content development begins. AMP has the necessary skills to develop training programs in diverse fields of public health and vaccinology. Technical experts, instructional designers, multimedia developers, and graphic designers work in collaboration. This is generally the step that mobilizes the most human resources.
The training department can contribute to the implementation of training programs or can train trainers.
For eLearning programs, the department offers an e-tutor service that supports learners' progress.
All the training programs developed by AMP's training department include an evaluation component.
AMP can also provide services related to the evaluation of training programs designed, developed, or implemented by other institutions.