National CASA - E-Learn
The Overview – Teaching Advocates
As advocates for children across the nation, CASA relies on volunteers who have traditionally completed several hours of in-person training. CASA’s long term goals include expanding their volunteer base by reducing the amount of time required for in-person trainings.
The plan to achieve this goal was a series of blended learning trainings. Students would spend approximately half of their time completing on-line exercises.
CASA chose Sparkworks Media to help choose which trainings would convert effectively to an on-line environment and then develop those online interactive components.
The Solution – Creating a Rich, Multi-Media Experience
Multiple types of activities were created to encourage learning; videos, pod casts, and games of several kinds. As a final test, students were guided through a choose-your-own adventure simulation, designed to mimic a typical CASA case.
The simulation could result in any number of outcomes based on the choices the students made, with each student choice scored along the way. Sparkworks developed with Adobe Flex (Flash Builder) to create graphically rich interactions that combined text, audio, pictures and video.
For example, students are asked to introduce themselves to a relative of a child for whom they are advocating. Depending on how they choose to introduce themselves, different videos will play showing how the relative responds. Scoring then gives a definitive result of their choice, along with popup recommendations of how they could do better.
The Results – Reaching the National Organization
After a short pilot, the project is now being distributed nationwide as the standard for CASA volunteer training and assessment.
“Sparkworks is incredibly easy to work with, they ask great questions to help clarify project goals, offer creative suggestions on how to improve my original design ideas and produce a high quality end product.” -Brian Washburn -National CASA