• Breastfeeding Infographics

    These infographics can be used for health promotion and advocacy efforts on a variety of topics related to breastfeeding. 

  • Resource

    The Global Health eLearning Center created this infographic to highlight its range of online course offerings, show its reach, and share learning about GHeL users.

  • Resource

    The Global Health: Science and Practice journal created this infographic to celebrate its fifth anniversary and highlight its accomplishments.

  • Resource

    This infographic highlights K4Health's Toolkits collection of trusted online resources.

  • Blog post

    Data visualization is everywhere these days – infographics are going viral, websites are interactive and peppered with maps and dynamic charts, and information is being shared in ways never imagined. But is data visualization really new? A group of health researchers and communicators from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) and MEASURE Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) have partnered up to take stock of our current data visualization activities and explore opportunities to use new techniques and technologies to better tell our stories.

    Data Visualization Word Cloud

    A word cloud of data visualization definitions.

    Our first question was how to define data visualization. Although we came up with a dozen different definitions, common themes emerged: data visualization as a means of telling a story, presenting complex ideas in a simple way, engaging the audience, making data actionable and shareable, and creating an impact. We agreed that these are common objectives among the many CCP projects and the DHS, so how do we take advantage of the range of data visualization techniques to best tell our stories?

    Data visualization has been around for centuries. Maps, charts, and drawings have capitalized on human visual perception to tell stories. The 21st century offers many more options including infographics, interactive websites and apps, games, social media, photography, indicator dashboards, and videos. Are these methods effective? Do they resonate with our audiences? What skills are needed to create quality data visualizations?

  • Blog post
    GHeL Global Learners

    There are over 100,000 learners using the Global Health eLearning Center.

    I am pleased to present K4Health’s eLearning achievements in the form of infographics. Since 2005 USAID’s Global Health eLearning Center (GHeL) has produced 64 courses resulting in 216,045 course completions by 102,737 eLearners from around the world. While these numbers alone say a lot, the GHeL infographic shows where eLearners are coming from and what countries are earning the most certificates. 

    In Nigeria, as part of a Continuing Professional Development Project with Medical Laboratory Scientists, K4Health developed four courses in 2012. To date, over 2,800 eLearners have registered, earning over 2,200 certificates. This infographic, highlighting project achievements, also shows the number of registrants by Nigeria state.

  • Blog post

    Earlier this week I attended InterAction’s annual Forum in Arlington, Virginia, to connect with my colleagues in international development, learn what they are doing, and showcase K4Health’s recent accomplishments and offerings in eLearning.

    Marie McNamee of InsideNGO brought together and moderated a panel on Harnessing the Power of E-Learning – What is on the Horizon.

    As NGO workers, we’ve become adept over the years at training ourselves to meet the challenges of global relief and development work. But we continue to do so predominantly through face-to-face, classroom-based methods. Recent trends in aid - including the need for rapid scaling of operations, greater cost efficiencies, and expanded use of partnerships - are placing tremendous strain on these time-tested approaches to staff development. In order to achieve greater reach, timeliness, and cost-effectiveness, the NGO community is increasingly turning to e-learning and blended learning approaches to help complement existing training methods. This workshop will explore the emerging fields of e-learning and blended learning as illustrations of how technology is shaping the future of humanitarian and development action. Participants will not only learn about current directions in e-learning and blended learning - they will be invited to help shape its future development based on their own experiences and recommendations.

    Eric Berg, Executive Director of LINGOs, delivered the first presentation and asked the audience if they had ever been on a conference call and learned something from it. When almost everyone raised their hands, he explained that their experience was a form eLearning.

    Disaster Ready Initiative

    Disaster Ready Initiative's web-based portal.

    George Devendorf, Director of Disaster Ready Initiative, spoke next about his group’s new web-based portal. Devendorf described how they developed eLearning courses and what they hoped to achieve.When it was my turn, I discussed the value of delivering eLearning courses in the context of other types of training. The presentation, Blending Learning: Knowledge Acquisition to Application, was developed by MSH’s Liz Mclean as part of K4Health’s management of USAID’s Global Health eLearning Center and the associated Blended Learning Guide.

    Blended Learning Definition

    The definition of blended learning: a combination of learning media and learning environments that reinforce and accelerate mastery and application to the job.

    Blended learning is a combination of learning media and learning environments that reinforce and accelerate mastery and application to the job. Examples of learning media include: face-to-face, online, print, social media and radio. Examples of learning environments include: instructor-led, group-work, peer-to-peer interaction and individual work.

    A blended learning approach,  such as the one described in a previous post, can help learners move from knowledge acquisition to knowledge application, as defined in the infographic of Bloom’s Taxonomy.