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Distance and Blended Learning, Part 1: An Overview and Introduction to Assessing Resources, Needs, and Capacities


The movement to deliver health provider in-service training via distance learning has been underway for several years. This trend is a result of many factors, including expanded access to the internet and technology, concerns about taking staff (especially health facility staff) away from their jobs to attend inperson training, and the significant cost of face-to-face training. The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the use of digital technologies in multiple ways in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), including for COVID19 surveillance, testing, quarantine, and health care, as well as for training and learning across the health care system.

This guide, developed through MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator defines different types of distance learning and the advantages and challenges associated with each approach, and outlines key considerations and steps to transition in-person trainings to virtual ones. MOMENTUM projects can use these steps in planning for virtual training programs. This guide features assessment tools to help training programs to assess the digital learning resources, capacities, and needs of their training program, training participants, and trainers.

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