d’Vinci Interactive (https://www.dvinci.com/) has released four interactive eLearning courses and assessment tools as part of a National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded project. The free online learning tools have been created in collaboration with POZ (https://www.poz.com/), an award-winning print and online information source for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and the NLM HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP).
Through scenario-based learning, learners in the first course determine if they have been exposed to the virus, if they have contracted the virus, and what they should do. The eLearning module explores different encounters that may or may not transmit HIV and what steps should be taken. At the end of the activity, learners can take a confidential survey to further identify personal risk and plan next steps, if needed. The course also includes links to additional information for those who think they are at risk.
The online learning and assessment materials are based on the popular POZ Basics materials and help individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. The URLs to the online learning materials can be used to link to and/or share the modules:
HIV Transmission and Risks: https://www.poz.com/basics/hiv-basics/hiv-transmission-risks#amiatrisk
HIV Testing Basics: https://www.poz.com/basics/hiv-basics/hiv-testing#whentogettested
Newly Diagnosed: https://www.poz.com/basics/hiv-basics/newly-diagnosed#newlydiagnosed
Aging with HIV: https://www.poz.com/basics/hiv-basics/hiv-aging#agingmodule
d’Vinci is in the process of analyzing the usage of the eLearning course and assessments. The first module that was published, HIV Transmission and Risks, has been viewed over 3,500 times. The second module, HIV Testing, has had over 1,400 views. Approximately 44% of the users of the eLearning and assessment modules are from the US, with significant groups from India, UK and Canada also utilizing the materials.
Over 300 individuals have completed the assessments that accompany the modules. Over 94% of survey respondents have rated the modules as “excellent” or “good” and 96% said that they better understood the HIV issues after completion of the materials.
The individual utilizing the modules are a mixture of people with HIV, family members/friends of those with HIV and individuals who are not sure if they have HIV. The ethnicity and sexual orientation of learners is diverse and income levels of a majority of learners is $50,000 or lower.
With 75% of learners using mobile devices, d’Vinci and POZ are focusing on targeted outreach to ensure the modules continue to increase in use. If you have any questions about utilizing the free online learning and assessment modules, please contact Jackie Ricords at firstname.lastname@example.org.