Indian Journal of Open Learning (ISSN: 0971-2690), Vol 27, No 1 (2018)

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Interactive Multimedia Rich Technology Enabled Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness Training Package – An Innovative Approach in Health Education



Abstract: The School of Health Sciences (SOHS) of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) introduced Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) as a part of Post Graduate Diploma in Maternal and Child Health (PGDMCH) in 2003. A crucial feature of the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) System followed at IGNOU is the learner support services.  For non-practical based programmes the support services are limited to organisation of theoretical counselling sessions and evaluation of assignments at the study centres, which are mostly degree colleges.  This does not pose much of a challenge once the brick and mortar infrastructure and the resource persons with desired credentials are arranged. Providing effective support for the practical-based programmes through the ODL system by maintaining a perfect balance vis-à-vis the theory had always been an intriguing issue and thus, a big challenge for the practitioners in particular when the practical programme is not of conventional nature and does not find much of a parallel in the labs of degree colleges. The solution eventually lies in undertaking an innovative approach. The focus of the article is the innovative approach adapted towards providing ICT enabled mechanism for training purpose. It also discusses how under severe constraints and trying conditions, the interactive multimedia rich IMNCI training package was developed to change the way education and training are imparted to pre-services and in-services doctors for the IMNCI component by designing, developing and testing the IMNCI training package for the health professionals. It also reports the effectiveness and user-friendliness of the interactive multimedia rich training package and suggests various training models depending on the type of technology used. The article also discusses the diffusion of the training model for health professionals.

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