Mentors Training July 18-22, 2011 THE AMREF eLearning Story African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)
Training @ AMREF 1950’s -1960’s AMREF is founded core activities – Flying Doctors Services delivering health care to remote areas 1960s -1970s Introduction of Radio programmes on National Radio for health workers 1980s -1990s Introduction of Print-based distance education 2000 & beyond Introduction of technology supported learning including telemedicine, eLearning and mLearning
As the eLearning content is available to all learners at any time and on any day, students are able to learn the theory at the pace that each requires. In addition, tutors and mentors are available to answer any student’s questions.
What about low computer knowledge?
Both tutors and students are provided with basic computer training when commencing the eLearning Upgrade Programme. Further, the eLearning programme is designed to be intuitive and easy to use for users at any level of computer knowledge.
How long does it take to implement and have the first intake of students?
The implementation timeframe can vary, depending on the location and readiness for the programme. The pilot programme began in 2005 and since then , 27 schools have been able to implement the programme and intake students, and learning centres have been set up across the entire country.
Do students pay fees? If so, what is the cost per student?
Yes, students pay fees, which vary by schools. Tuition for the AMREF-run school is $2000 for the entire programme.
Is the upgrade programme really a priority for strengthening nursing in our developing countries?
The eLearning Upgrade programme strengthens nursing and midwifery by providing skill enhancement, improved knowledge and motivates nurses (via potential for increased pay, career progression and increased responsibility)
What is the link between the normal nursing training programme and the eLearning programme?
Both the normal nursing training and the eLearning programme leverage the same content. Practicals are also required by both programmes. The eLearning programme simply leverages the use of technology to expand access to more nurses.
Do you have to add workforce to be able to implement this programme?
Course Coordinators, Tutors and Mentors are required to run a school. Each school needs to assess its capacity and needs based on the # of students it intends to enroll.
What about nurses in rural health centres where they don’t get any placements? Will they be able to exchange for a long period of time or how is s/he supported?
Support is offered through the nearby hospitals and schools. Stakeholder involvement and participation ensures maximum support to the support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Beyond the Nurse Upgrading eLearning Programme
Replication of the programme in Uganda and Tanzania
CPDs (Continuous professional development courses)
Developed courses for organisations (CDC – Infection prevention course), UCLA (MDI – HIV management course), Capacity Kenya (Reproductive Health – Centre of excellence launched in Kitui)