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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a leading international authority on fire prevention codes and standards in addition to public safety. NFPA has provided training and education through seminars for many years and has recently expanded to include online learning as well. However, the association was interested in finding a more engaging method to deliver the courses through their self-guided online courses. The association was in need of a creative vendor to capture the energy projected in the classroom and bring it online through the means of online learning.
One of the most challenging tasks in eLearning development is converting in-classroom training courses into online learning. Designing Digitally, Inc. worked alongside NFPA’s subject matter experts (SMEs) to create content and learning objectives from NFPA’s in-classroom instruction material. Designing Digitally, Inc. effectively condensed a three day in-class session into six learner hours of eLearning. Designing Digitally, Inc. extracted information learners would need from NFPA’s SMEs, who also provided guidance on what material would lend itself best to creative eLearning.
After a detailed needs analysis, Designing Digitally, Inc. concluded that six eLearning modules each consisting of one learner hour should be developed. Each module discusses the topic of NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. These learning modules are intended for job roles which involve designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing water-based fire protection systems, including: designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors, technicians, project managers, fire marshals, and architects.
Each module is broken into four lessons. At the end of each lesson is a knowledge check that tests the learner and provides information on the correct answers if they did not make that selection themselves. Spread throughout the modules are interactive learning experiences that allow the user to drag and drop, click to hear sounds, and watch videos. At the conclusion of each one hour module is an interactive post assessment. The learners must pass the assessment to receive credit for the course for these standards. The modules have SCORM coding, which keeps track of bookmarking, the learner’s score, and whether or not they failed or passed the module.