eLearning saves lives

Discover what a difference eLearning can make in our video that accompanied our award winning entry for the E-Learning Awards 2015.

Project overview

A British Army Training Development Team (TDT) played a vital role in the UK’s response to the worst ever Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Military medical experts and learning development specialists joined e-learning contractor CDS to develop a bespoke, comprehensive, structured, modular learning programme within just four weeks. The package elements could be accessed world-wide 24/7 by healthcare professionals, Non-Governmental Organisation personnel and Sierra Leone nationals to ensure standardisation of processes and practice. Successful application of learning theory meant all involved whether illiterate or highly qualified, surgeon or local assistant could operate safely in an unprecedented hazardous biological environment.

The science behind eLearning

Our eLearning solutions are underpinned by sound academic theory and developed collaboratively with our clients and partners. One of our solutions together with our client, the British Army, is shortlisted for the eLearning Awards 2015.

Flipped Learning

FilppedFlipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which elements of group learning within the classroom space are moved to the individual. Using the instructional stages of Explain, Demonstrate, Imitate and Practice (EDIP) it creates the opportunity, via online media, for the student to view the Explanation and Demonstration phases at their own speed and convenience off site on their preferred device before the lesson commences.

Upon arrival in the classroom, armed with their prior knowledge the student can move directly to the Imitating and Practising phases maximising classroom time to gain mastery of the skill as opposed to the traditional approach of sitting passively whilst being read into the subject before practice could commence.

Kolb’s learning cycle

KlobKolb’s experiential learning theory (1974) is typically represented by a four stage learning cycle and states ‘effective learning only occurs when a learner touches upon all four stages’.

Access to online media and micro training lesson enable ‘having an experience’ to occur before the lesson. ‘Reflection’ would then follow post media exposure but before actual physical classroom attendance.

‘Conceptualise’ occurres during EVDTU classes followed by ‘active experimentation’ at course assessment (with the opportunity to repeat before tests).

Customer story

Client reaction

“Working in partnership with the Army, CDS Digital provided vital technological solutions and eLearning materials to support Operation GRITROCK. As the training plan developed the medical team’s confidence was assured and reinforced as personnel were exposed to the most challenging and daunting of environments in Sierra Leone.”

National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) Planner, Freetown Sierra Leone

Capt Neil Weddell, British Army

View the full video which includes statistics and more user quotes illustrating the benefits of the solution (4 minutes).

Reaction in the press

Download the PDF below to read how the story of our eLearning solution was covered in Defence Codex magazine. The article provides context and background to our work with the British Army on Operation Gritrock.

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The training process without a doubt, kept our troops safe whilst in contact.

Regimental Sergeant Major 34 Field Hospital Steven Pammen



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