Cutting edge e-learning technology meets healthcare

In 2010 Sydney Adventist Hospital transitioned from paper-based to online training with the aim to make learning more accessible and efficient – and it worked. Gina Veliotis, E-learning Coordinator at Adventist HealthCare, shares their story.

Workplace education at Sydney Adventist Hospital, New South Wales’ largest private and not-for-profit hospital, dates back to the hospital’s opening in 1903 with an onsite nursing school. Today, onsite training has grown substantially, but the way that it is delivered has changed dramatically.

Historically nurse training was paper-based, requiring face to face training. Labour intensive and time consuming, attendance rates varied subject to clinical pressures. In 2010 Sydney Adventist Hospital (The San) transitioned to an e-learning platform with the aim to make learning more accessible and efficient – and it worked.

Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle) was chosen to give hospital educators another way to deliver education and training to staff. The use of Moodle as an e-learning platform has improved compliance dramatically; employees can now complete clinical and compliance training anywhere, anytime on their computer, mobile phone or tablet. Users can engage with digital learning resources including interactive activities and videos, offering staff a compelling, helpful and authentic learning experience.

The Right Approach

Moodle has enabled the hospital to develop training programs that meet the needs of individuals as well as stringent accreditation requirements of the Australian statutory bodies. Scenario-based online training helps staff learn critical theory before they practice decisions and skills in a guided clinical setting. Bringing together the best of e-learning, skills workshops, clinical simulation labs and workplace practice learning helps bridge the gap between theory and practice.

“The quality of online, classroom and clinical simulation facilities is excellent. Integrating theory and clinical is very helpful,” says a participant in the hospital’s nurse re-entry program.

The Inaugural Health MoodleMoot

Register online: Health Moodlemoot 2014 Innovation - Sydney 27-28 Nov

The Sydney Adventist Hospital is hosting Australia’s first Health Moodle Conference (MoodleMoot) – Moodle and Innovation in Healthcare Education’ – in November 2014. The two day event will showcase successful implementations of Moodle, and related technologies and approaches, that promote exploration, simulation, sharing and collaboration in healthcare education..

Sessions will be presented by clinical educators, learning designers, multimedia experts, and Moodle experts and administrators, who will share their experience and knowledge in meeting the complex and diverse challenges faced by healthcare education.


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