The Accelerator for Learning Interprofessionally in Healthcare App (ALPHA) is a simulation, coaching and community platform that provides a virtual space with simulated cases and a serious educational game for teams and individuals in any branch of health care to practice caring for virtual patients or residents.
What is the challenge?
Team members and students in long-term care need quality training to do their job well. They need to work together in teams to make sure residents get excellent care. Team members and students who are new to long-term care need to be oriented to what working in long-term care is all about. Team members and students need quick, new ways of learning to meet COVID-19 challenges.
How can we help?
The Ontario CLRI at Baycrest developed and tested ALPHA as a new way of learning, with George Brown College, Ryerson University and ARC Business Solutions. ALPHA is a virtual platform or app with easy to access, high quality training for health-care team members and students.
How does it work?
The software uses simulation and case-based learning grounded in a serious educational game. Learners will be taken through different levels and cases. They are given hints and can compete with each other through a point system. Team members and students can apply what they learn to real-world resident simulations.
- This virtual learning platform is accessible online anytime, anywhere, on any device.
- ALPHA can train learners (team members or students) individually or in groups.
- Learners can access on-the-job tools and can save their favorites for easy reference.
ALPHA has the potential to work with the learning management systems that long-term care homes already use.
ALPHA was created with the latest practice recommendations.
The Accelerator for Learning Interprofessionally in Healthcare App was developed as a partnership between the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest, George Brown College, Ryerson University, and Baycrest, as part of an eCampus Ontario grant.