This was such a fun project. I revamped an existing online Behavior-Based Safety course to be blended and story based. I developed the course from the perspective of Candace, a site supervisor. Through personal stories, anecdotes, and lessons, she guides students through the participant workbook and online course. Sharing her perspective in this way builds empathy and shared understanding of safe work practices.
Because of new OH&S legislative changes, I also modified the existing content by doing research and interviewing people with safety backgrounds. I reached out to organizations to share their photos in the course, which made the content more real and relatable. It was important to me to incorporate feedback from past iterations of the course, so I made adjustments like developing a step-by-step guide to teach students how to fill out a Field-Level Hazard Assessment.
As mentioned, students use a workbook in conjunction with the online content. The workbook contains hands-on activities, questions for reflection, course resources, icons, a glossary, and an index. I also developed a facilitation manual, so the facilitator can lead the class and provide supplementary activities that link to course objectives.
I wanted this course to be
- easy to digest,
- meaningful, and
- safe to practice and make mistakes.
With a few simple tweaks, the course can be run fully online!
Highlight of Skills & Tools
These are some of the tech tools and skills I refined while working on this course:
- Adobe Photoshop to crop and edit photos, and to create narrative slides for the LMS
- Adobe InDesign to create the participant and facilitator cover guides
- Adobe Illustrator to design the course badges
- Microsoft Sway to develop a visual story
- Microsoft Word to create the participant and facilitation guides
- Adobe Acrobat to create fillable forms
- Moodle branching scenarios and embedded questions
- Polling feature to ignite discussion
- Discussion boards for sharing materials and responding to specific questions
- Case studies to fill out hazard assessments
- In-class Toolbox Talk activity
- “Heads Up” game for explaining important concepts
- Participant workbook developed for individual reflection and formative feedback
- Facilitation guide developed to lead class activities and monitor student progress