Incorporating Web-based Training Tools and Technology in Clinical Trials Training
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Williams, T.; Blumberg, D.; Perdue, L.; Woolard, N.; Moreno, O.
Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) 36th Annual Meeting (2015)
When you think of education, do you picture an instructor writing on a chalk board, or a presenter reading through a set of slides? Current technology has expanded the standard repertoire of teaching strategies, and in particular web-based tools, to include everything from screen sharing, video sharing, polling the audience, interactive Question & Answer discussions, and recorded training sessions so that attendees can review the instruction later. This plethora of new opportunities for web-based training can be leveraged for learning and education for clinical trial implementation. While staff training should be an on-going activity in the course of a trial, most training occurs prior to and in preparation for study implementation. How may study teams effectively prepare staff for their assigned roles as well as optimize learning opportunities, maximize cost savings, and utilize the available technology? Web-based training, also referred to as e-learning, online-training and distance learning, is an extremely convenient and affordable way to train. Benefits include flexibility in scheduling, accessibility, and equal opportunity for all study staff to attend regardless of geographical location or financial considerations, and the option to customize sessions for self-paced learning. Let’s not forget the need to create solutions for training new study staff joining after study implementation and retraining of staff for corrective actions during the course of a study. This workshop will outline the range of web-based instructional options, provide general guidelines for designing web-delivered training, discuss other forms of remote training, and elaborate on two case studies for clinical site staff training in multi-center clinical trials, one that is part of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trial Network (CTN) studies and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) funded Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). This will include hands on exercises designed to allow attendees to experience the challenges and considerations for implementing a real-world study training plan integrating a variety of web-based options.
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