For four decades, Jhpiego has led training innovations around the globe. Beginning with satellite-based distance learning in the early 1980s, these training innovations have aimed at increasing quality, improving efficiency and reducing overall training costs. In the 1990s, Jhpiego created ModCAL® (Modified Computer-Assisted Learning) for Clinical Training Skills, a CD-ROM-based course used to update knowledge in training skills focused on reproductive health. The course was among the first of its kind and has since been used in more than 25 countries to prepare trainers and pre-service faculty.
In 2010, as part of Jhpiego’s ongoing effort to maximize the flexibility, efficiency and effectiveness of training systems, ModCAL® was revised to be offered via the Web or flash drive. This updated course, ModCAL® for Training Skills, now uses an interactive multimedia format that combines self-paced learning delivered via the Web or flash drive (ModCAL®) and individual coaching by a master trainer.
The new ModCAL® for Training Skills provides a more flexible means of strengthening the teaching skills of trainers, pre-service faculty and clinical preceptors, and of training health service providers to become clinical skills trainers. The revised course has a strengthened focus on developing clinical decision-making skills and offers examples from all technical areas, including HIV, infectious diseases and maternal and newborn health. Using ModCAL® for Training Skills reduces group-based training time from five to three days, and in some programs, participants move directly to co-training, resulting in significant cost savings.
As of January 2013, ModCAL® for Training Skills had been used in more than 15 countries across Africa and Asia, viewed by almost 3,500 unique users and downloaded more than 1,000 times—ultimately serving as the launching point for preparing Jhpiego trainers and those in other organizations worldwide.