Course design process
The development of our courses comprises an initial scoping phase to assess the training needs of the target learners alongside national or regional capacity building priorities. The available resources are mapped, which helps decide the best modality for course delivery.
Virtual Learning Centers (VLCs) follow a collaborative approach to course creation. Subject matter experts and instructional designers work closely together from the beginning to the end of the development process to ensure that the final product meets subject matter experts’ expectations and provides a pedagogically effective learning experience. Once developed, our courses may be adapted to suit different regions and translated into different languages. This enables us to reach a wide audience through the input of regional field experts.
Most of the VLC courses are run as iterations for designated regions. By offering course dates, this enables us to facilitate a tutored approach that includes online live interaction with trainers and experts, self-study modules, surveys, assignments, additional resources and discussion forums. Please see our course listings page for more information.
Housing and delivering our courses in this way leads to a number of benefits:
A more customized way of learning: Trainees are allowed to learn at their own pace and in their own time. Tutors and teachers can provide guidance from anywhere and at any time and their class is brought to life through the VLC platform.
Bridges the distance: Virtual learning helps trainees achieve their learning objectives and foster the creation of communities, peer groups and collaborative teamwork, which are essential for advancing One Health work.
Cost-effectiveness: Virtual Learning only requires access to the internet and a device which can be a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
A wider reach: The VLC can reach a larger and more disparate audience.
Reduce environmental footprint: Virtual Learning does not require taking planes or other means of transport for trainees and trainers to meet at a physical venue.
Fast, responsive training in the case of emergency or outbreak: Our courses can be easily adapted into different formats to meet varying needs.