Rapid Instructional Design for Gender-Based Violence eLearning

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Project Impossible? Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Sometimes a client approaches you with a monstrous ask. The Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA-CAN) approached us in mid-September asking for  a one-hour, self-paced eLearning course by mid-October. At first we almost said no. We’d never had a successful course developed in less than a month. Especially not a full 60 minutes. However, we swallowed our doubts and had an initial conversation with the client to learn more. Besides, we believe in rapid instructional design.

In that first conversation we learned that they were working with the Canadian Football League (CFL) to educate players and staff about gender-based violence. We also learned that the CFL had asked for the mid-October date. They wanted to complete the development in time to roll training out across the CFL before the season ended in November. In the past, EVA-CAN had offered in-person training but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they couldn’t host these events. Their intention was to host Zoom meetings for coaches and management staff but players couldn’t attend these. They wanted a self-paced eLearning course that players could take any time. The course also needed to be accessible on mobile devices and easy to navigate. They were open to any idea to speed up development and meet their learning goals.

The Solution – Rapid Instructional Design!

Instead of spending a lot of time up front on in-depth analysis, we asked questions. Using rapid instructional design techniques, we uncovered a workable solution. We proposed that they deliver their standard presentation and record it. We could then take that presentation, chop it into manageable chunks and wrap it up in an Articulate Rise course so it could be tracked. Rise’s block-based authoring makes development a breeze. Also, Rise courses are fully responsive accessible, and mobile-friendly They already had supporting content in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. They also agreed that they could record the presentation within a week. It was all coming together. In addition, they had conversations with the CFL about timelines. We were able to adjust the final go-live date to mid-November to allow for two full review cycles.

EVA-CAN partnered with EVA-BC to host and record the session. They took the recording and split it into smaller chunks. Then, we took those chunks and organized them into lessons in Rise. We added an introduction to each video, recaps after each, and some review/reflection questions for participants.

Did we meet the original proposed timeline of mid-October? No. We ended with a workable course by mid-November. In the end, this was okay because it gave the client adequate time for reviews and internal planning conversations about launching the course.

Want to learn more about rapid instructional design? Check out our blog post with tips.

Below are a few screenshots from the finished course. To see more of the course, reach out to us for access to our full portfolio. We’d love to see how we can help you on your rapid instructional design project!

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