For more than 35 years, Jhpiego has been a leader in pioneering innovative approaches to training health care providers. Now, as part of Jhpiego’s ongoing effort to maximize the flexibility, efficiency and effectiveness of training systems, we have revised our ModCAL® (Modified Computer-Assisted Learning) for Training Skills, a computer-based knowledge update, as well as the Training Skills for Health Care Providers reference manual and related learning materials. The new Training Skills course uses a combination of self-paced learning, delivered via ModCAL® for Training Skills, and individual coaching by a master trainer. This course is meant for individuals who are service providers and are available and interested in training. It may also be used for pre-service faculty or clinical preceptors.
ModCAL® for Training Skills is designed to be used in combination with the Training Skills for Health Care Providers reference manual and guides for the facilitator and learner. These materials describe a range of options for providing face-to-face practice and assessment in training skills. The Training Skills for Health Care Providers learning resource package includes guidance on a range of options for co-training, tools for assessing new trainers and materials for providing a purely group-based Training Skills course with no use of ModCAL.
Based on the literature and best practices in training, the following important updates have been included in this version:
- A shift from heavy emphasis on psychomotor/hand skills to inclusion of clinical decision-making and communication skills. This broader skill set is needed to achieve clinical competencies required to provide high-quality health services—including management of complex medical conditions.
- Increased emphasis on the use of assessment to facilitate learning and ensure readiness for practice. This critical expansion will enhance both the effectiveness and efficiency of training, while ensuring that only those who have demonstrated competency in a new clinical area are qualified to provide services.
- Increased emphasis on managing and documenting clinical practice experiences. Provision of health care services requires integration of a complex set of knowledge, skills and attitudes that cannot occur without a strong clinical training component. The trainer’s ability to actively manage learning within this environment is critical to ensuring that this essential component of training is effective.
These materials, which have been field-tested in several countries across Africa and Asia, may be used as a complement to both traditional and innovative training models. Regardless of how you choose to use the new ModCAL® for Training Skills, we are confident that you will find it helpful in a wide variety of training- and education-related projects. This product was produced with several funding partners, including the U.S. Agency for International Development’s ACCESS Program and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
ModCAL® for Training Skills on flash drive and hard copies of the Training Skills learning resource package will be available for purchase from the Jhpiego Web site in November 2010 or download them anytime directly at this link: http://modcal.jhpiego.org/
Evie Vernon, former Jamaica VCT Training Coordinator: “ModCAL® for Training Skills has been invaluable in training people in Caribbean nongovernmental organizations and faith-based organizations who would not be able to spend as much time in training. It has enabled participants to gain a reasonable understanding of the knowledge-based part of the program, at their own pace, which they can apply when they come to the skills-based part of the course… .”
Gaudiosa Tibaijuka, Senior Technical Advisor, Tanzania: “Advantages of ModCAL over central training include cutting training cost substantially.”