Dear All, WHO EPELA authentic e-learning courses are accepting applications for 2015 courses. Great opportunity for a lifetime experience... http://http://epela.net/epela_web/index.php PHARMACEUTICAL COLD CHAIN MANAGEMENT 2 February – 24 April 2015 4 May – 24 July 2015 7 September - 27 November 2015 The e-Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Management course invites participants to interact and learn within a sophisticated simulation of a pharmaceutical cold chain. For 12 weeks, participants and mentors travel virtually from one location to another, through different levels of the supply chain. In addition to the virtual visits to real facilities, the course includes short illustrated videos and reference materials about critical content. The most important learning opportunities are enabled via authentic tasks. These tasks are arranged mainly as group activities to promote collaborative learning. Self, peer, and expert review are important aspects of assessment within this unique learning environment. The course site offers participants tools to help them easily connect with other participants so they can discuss and work together as a team. Mentors provide timely feedback to all participants whenever necessary and are always ready to assist whenever participants need them. Following seven weeks of virtual visits, participants are introduced as a group to a real client so that together with their peers as consultants they analyze a real world cold chain challenge and make recommendations to the client regarding the client’s operation of the time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products. This course includes written (and audio-visual recordings by participants as well) individual and group assignments, discussions, self, peer, and expert review, and presentations. It has been designed as an asynchronous course, so participants do not need to be online at the same time to complete the tasks. However, there are some scheduled activities such as teleconferences (or Skype conferences) that require either a small group of participants or all participants to take part. There are no specific lectures and/or documents tied to assignments that must be watched and read, but participants are guided to review appropriate documents from the document library and view selected videos from the video library to support their learning. Though designed as an e-learning activity, participants work with real vaccine vials to conduct shake test and participate in fun learning activities like scavenger hunt for sharpening their observation skills. To view the course contents and introduction, please visit http://epela.net/epela_web/introduction.html To apply online http://epela.net/epela_web/apply_online.html VVM BASED VACCINE MANAGEMENT 26 January – 27 March 2015 20 April – 19 June 2015 5 October – 4 December 2015 The e-VVM based Vaccine Management course invites participants to interact and learn within a sophisticated simulation of a vaccine cold chain. For nine weeks, participants and mentors travel virtually from one level to another in the supply chain. The course includes short expert videos and reference materials about critical content. The most important learning opportunities are enabled via authentic tasks. These tasks are arranged mainly as group activities to promote collaborative learning. Self, peer, and expert review are important aspects of assessment within this unique learning environment. The course site offers participants tools to help them easily connect with other participants so they can discuss and work together as a team. Mentors provide timely feedback to all participants whenever necessary and are always ready to assist whenever participants need them. Following five weeks of virtual visits, participants are introduced as a group to a real client so that together with their peers as consultants they analyze a real world cold chain challenge and make recommendations to the client regarding the presented situation. The course provides participants real VVMs to go through a series of experiments to understand their behavior. To view the course contents and introduction, please visit http://epela.net/epela_web/evvm.html To apply online http://epela.net/epela_web/apply_online_evvm.html WHO SAID WHAT for EPELA AUTHENTIC COURSES Anil Kumar CHAWLA - India Facebook created a near perfect virtual environment for social interactions. While attending WHO training programmes as a facilitator or participant, I always dreamed of such an environment for training activities so that I could avoid travelling when it is not possible. Alas! I missed so many opportunities because of the need of physical presence and compelling schedules. With this "e-Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Management Course" and my "Test Participation" in it, I am happy that my dream is shaping up and coming true. E-course did not only fit the "Training Bus" into the computer but also our minds and body too. Congratulation to Training Team for putting together such a wonderful e-course in the first attempt itself. Andrea BERLINGER SCHWYTER - Switzerland I would like to make a big compliment to the whole EPELA Team and Creators! The way it is set up is very easy, instructions are clear and I appreciated the direct links to the movies and documents which were relevant to fulfill a particular task. The library is amazing… really - you do not need anything more if you want to learn more about cold chain. The videos are excellent and one of the biggest advantages of the course for me was, that – if I did not understand a sentence or an explanation, I was able to "rewind" and listen to it again. Just perfect and ideal for learning complex topics - in particular if English is not your mother tongue… pity that we cannot do that at other occasions in real life – perhaps less misunderstandings would occur J. I can only highly recommend the participation to this course for anyone who needs to get more knowledge and gain critical skills about cold chain issues in general – if you deal with vaccines - it is almost a must. Andrey KUKHARENKO - Russia I was lucky to become part of the e-learning course on Cold Chain Management in October-December 2013. It was my first experience of online training, but I was amazed how smooth and exciting the course was and how professionally it was arranged and executed. I am convinced that the course gave all of us a new insight in the most relevant issues of cold chain management and helped us to take a closer look at how the cold chain is structured and how it is to be managed. The course is designed as a friendly-user platform with a number of very well formulated authentic tasks, an extensive e-library and a package of extremely helpful video case studies and video presentations devoted to specific subjects. The course introduces the participants to a variety of practical tools, which help to approach the cold chain tasks and to tackle them in a more efficient and adequate way. I also appreciated the devotion of mentors to the course, who provided their feed-back, support and professional comment at all stages. I would recommend all professionals who seek to gain a more profound knowledge and expertise in cold chain management that they take this course and feel the incredible positive impact, which among other things reveals itself in tuning your mind at different angles of vision and seasoning your work with a set of very useful techniques and instruments of managing the cold chain. I cordially thank all mentors, designers and arrangers of the course for their outstanding job. Hafidha OKBI - Tunis This course gave me the tools needed to improve the cold chain management, it was interesting, excellent, and a very good opportunity to share experience and to learn from mentors and colleagues around the world. I really enjoyed and found it very useful, with a great use of practical case studies, videos, examples and discussions. The knowledge and skills of the mentors and standards of facilitation for the e-learning course were amazing. In summary, it was perfect, and exceeded my expectations and I hope to keep in touch with all mentors and participants in the future.
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