The (HLN) online courses that target community health workers are a preeminent example of our web-based work. An archived version of the 2009-10 version of the course can be viewed at http://open2learn.ca/moodle/course/view.php?id=10 (Username: HSS. Password: hss). Please note that this site is a customized legacy version of the Moodle course management system and some recent browser versions may not display some of the pages properly.
In developing and delivering those courses, we worked with an advisory committee with representatives from McGill University, GN departments of Health and Social Services and Education, Nunavut Arctic College and the target audience, to develop course content and a method of delivery that was relevant, accurate and culturally adapted. Initially created to train workers on use of the 1999 version of the Nunavut Food Guide, subsequent iterations of the courses were seen as way to build on information presented at annual in-person CPNP workshops and to update workers with recent Canadian research findings related to Inuit traditional foods, along with more general nutrition and food safety information. The plain-language online training resource that resulted has proved relevant and accessible to workers from a range of programs.
Learning activities in the courses include online modules, facilitated asynchronous online discussion forums, as well as audio and video conferences. A core set of modules explores basic nutrition concepts – healthy eating, planning and preparing meals, food safety, diabetes prevention, dental health, physical activity/active living, and tobacco cessation. Additional modules, based on the learning needs of targeted program workers, offer culturally adapted information on nutrition for pregnancy and breastfeeding, feeding infants and nutrition and aging. Many of the modules have been translated into Inuktitut in a dual language design. Several interactive Flash learning activities were incorporated in recent years and have proven popular.
Final reports were submitted detailing the course development strategy, course completion rates by program and region, results of online participant evaluations and suggestions for improvements to future courses.