On 1 December 2015, the final M-CARE conference was organised in Brussels, Belgium at VLEVA premises. The event “Caring for people with disabilities and older people: challenges, opportunities and (mobile/online) training solutions” focussed on the importance of good quality personal caregiving (PCG) for people with disabilities and older people. Focus was on caring in a broader perspective, and how M-CARE’s (mobile/online) training solutions can contribute to successful PCGs.
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5d M-CARE: Experience in piloting of the training material BE
Mobile Training for Home and Health
Caregiver For People with Disabilities and
WP4 PILOTING RESULTS
Karel Van Isacker
Number of participants and trainers
• 27 participants
• 3 trainers
Profile of participants
• 12 Current personal caregivers
• 4 Student nurses
• 3 Elderly care centre carers
• 5 family members of people with disabilities
• 3 representative of end-user group
Involvement of trainers
• 3 trainers supported the training as well as
– Received initial training on pedagogical approach
applied in M-CARE: a blended learning approach
(using content as available on online learning
platform + additional material), mainly supported
by mobile learning.
Profile of the trainers
• 1 expert user who shared own experiences
• 2 (ex-)PCGs of which one with current position
in state centre for social support. 1 PCG also
participated in some of project meetings.
Induction and training sessions
– Expert user sessions to provide feedback on training material
– Induction sessions for trainers
– Training sessions (2-10 participants, each session 3 hours)
• 7/7/2015, 10/7/2015, 16/7/2015, 24/7/2015, 25/7/2015, 2/8/2015,
7/8/2015, 10/8/2015, 11/8/2015, 12/8/2015, 17/10/2015, 18/10/2015,
– User event
Overview of the results from
• Satisfactory level of results
– Scores between 60-85%.
– Main aspects of disability and care are known.
• Usage of wheelchairs not addressed in questions,
should be added.
• While it offers a good insight as a pre-assessment,
additional questions are needed (30 is too limited,
rather expect 100 spread over every module)
Use of mobile/online learning platforms
(e.g. frequency, interface, usability,
presentation of the content etc. )
• Frequency: Online platform was accessed at every training
session, as embedded presentations were used as basis.
After that participants accessed the mobile platform.
• Interface: Easy navigation through the content, and errors
were corrected on the go.
• Usability: Easy to use online and mobile interfaces.
• Presentation of the content: Well organised with an easy
navigation. The fact that content can be adjusted by trainer
via an online platform was highly appreciated.
Encountered problems & their
• Any technical issues were highlighted and
addressed by technical partners.
• Practical training sessions at home of PwD
• Use real examples and demonstrations
• We applied an open access approach for the
online platform(registrations always create an
• Lack of own devices by trainees
– 6 pre-installed Samsung tablets were available to
– 10 laptops were available during training
Frequency of required support
• Limited as technical staff attended every
• Outside meetings, participants had a “hotline
support” email, as well as mobile number
they could call for addressing issues.
Results from post assessment
• Overall observation
– Scores between 85-95%
– “We got a refreshment of many relevant care
aspects, while we also learning considerable new
aspects, such as handling a wheelchair”. This extra
content was initially added after we received feedback
from an end-user, and was subsequently much
– Modules that were providing the most “new”
content: disability awareness, communication and
social inclusion, PCG burnout, policy and mobility.
Certification (final events)
• We plan an event in December 2015 in Ieper
with trainees and trainers.
• Our staff will also attend the 09 December
(Sofia) and 18 December 2015 (Plovdiv) events
organised by our Bulgarian partner.
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