Using Portable DVD Players to Deliver Interactive Simulations for Training Health Care Workers in Kenya

Using Portable DVD Players to Deliver Interactive Simulations for Training Health Care Workers in Kenya

Wallace Hannum (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-779-4.ch005
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Abstract

This chapter reports on a project in Kenya that explored the feasibility of using interactive simulations delivered by portable DVD players as a technology-based learning solution for providing continuing education to nurses by taking the instruction directly to the workplace of the nurses rather than by removing them from their villages and clinics to transport them to the capital city for training. Technology-based learning using simulations holds great promise as an alternative or supplement to traditional classroom-based training in low-resource settings. This study demonstrates that technology has the potential to deliver learner-centered interactive video simulations that provide consistent content and uniform learning experiences that produced significant learning gains in complex content and had high acceptance from participants.

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