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Allergy Awareness

Target Audience: K-12 Teachers

Responsibilites: Instructional Designer & eLearning Development

Tools Used: Articulate Storyline, Adobe XD, Adobe Photoshop
 
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Overview

     This project is an eLearning that I created from a handout that we received on allergies and anaphylaxis. I felt that such a paramount subject that can mean life or death should be delivered in a better context than a flyer with facts on it. The goal of this module is to train teachers and increase their confidence on how to identify anaphylaxis in a student and how to operate an EpiPen.

Problem and Solution

     A needs assessment was conducted of teaching peers to investigate their confidence and ability to identify and treat anaphylaxis. This led to many complaints from teachers about how something as important as anaphylaxis is reduced to a sheet of paper and that they feel vastly unprepared to deal with it in the classroom. This was identified as resulting from a lack of formal training that could be solved with an in-person training but due to Covid and our school wanting to keep distance in the population I designed an eLearning course to educate the staff.

The solution to this problem is an eLearning course that educates learners on signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, how to use an EpiPen, and the correct reactions to anaphylaxis in a scenario-based setting. By adding in realistic situations the learner is immersed in the scenarios as if they were actually in the classroom and interacting with the students. The learner receives feedback based upon their answers to the situations as immediate feedback so they can make correct decisions when faced with a real anaphylaxis reaction.

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Process

     Using the handout and the employee handbook I investigated our procedures for anaphylaxis and crossed referenced them with information from the CDC on symptoms and proper treatments. The school had very little information on anaphylaxis outside of the handout and what to do after it occurs in the employee handbook. 

     I wanted to create a flat design that felt like something we would work on. I went with cartoon characters and a classroom setting as most teachers who would receive this training teach young children. I decided on a cool color palette to give a sense of trust and calm for these materials. I did use reds when a sense of immediacy was needed, such as on the slides about anaphylaxis symptoms. Through several iterations, I reduced information density and improved color contrast.

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Development

     I began developing this course by creating an action map to determine what was essential knowledge versus just good to know knowledge. This was followed by a wire frame mock-up that I created in Microsoft Word. I then used this to design my prototypes and visual mockups using Adobe XD. Once I was satisfied with my  visuals they were placed into a storyboard with 

Outcomes

     This training was rolled out to a group of elementary and middle school teachers who volunteered to take the course and provide feedback. Learners were asked to provide verbal feedback, the consensus was that the training made them feel more comfortable with identifying anaphylaxis in a students and more likely to intervene if a situation arose on campus because of this.  One learned noted that the simulations helped them get immersed in the context of the course. Another noted that the interactions with the EpiPen were helpful in understanding how it worked and how to administer it. 

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