I have an existing instructor-led training, PowerPoint presentation, manual, Participant Guide, or webinar that needs to be converted into e-learning. Explore how we can help!
Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI) is a non-profit organization based in Richmond, VA that supports families of the incarcerated. They do this by providing visitation, family assistance, and children’s programs to help connect and strength these underserved families. Pre-pandemic, part of the “Milk and Cookies” children’s programs (lovingly referred to as “MAC”) involved connecting with kids in school to talk about grief, loss, and other social-emotional topics.
The pandemic caused the AFOI team to reconsider how they get this important information out to children and schools. Enter e-learning…our team was tasked with taking the existing classroom experience and bringing it to life in a series of mobile-friendly e-learning courses.
During collaboration, our teams created Mac (the dog), along with his friends Effie (the cat), Gus (the hedgehog) and Benny (the lab), who come together to teach kids all about how families are different and that’s ok! This furry crew talks through sensitive topics like grief, loss, self-esteem, inclusion, diversity, and more. The process involved designing and developing a unique look and feel for the series, instructional design to rethink and write appropriate activities for the virtual environment, and age-appropriate course development with professional voice-over narration. View the AFOI sample course in the series, where you can meet Mac and his adorable friends.
The Yukon Learning Team
This series was a true labor of love! It involved thinking through how to transform these facilitator-led, group lessons into interactive and fun e-learning for children in grades K-5. Once we placed our beloved Mac the dog in the role as a peer and guide for the series, the lessons really started to flow from there! I appreciated being able to collaborate with the AFOI team on how to structure the lessons so that they are age-appropriate for the various grade levels, as well as being able to make suggestions for cute puns and play on words. It was a truly “paw-some” experience!
It was an honor to work on the Milk and Cookies project! My favorite part of developing these courses was the meaningful content that’ll have such a positive impact on youth. And who couldn’t love a hedgehog in glasses? Working on those graphics allowed me to flex my creative design muscles.
So, what do you need to know before an existing training’s conversion to e-learning? What should you keep in mind? Select the button below for a checklist of our recommendations to prepare for a successful e-learning conversion. Hope this helps as you start your journey!