The Allied Health Professions Advisory (AHP) Health and Work Report Reusable Learning Object
A new Reusable Learning Object (RLO) which guides Allied Health Professionals such as Occupational Therapists (OT) and Physiotherapists through the completion of AHP Health and Work Report (formally the Allied Health Professions Advisory Fitness for Work Report), and is the equivalent to the GP FIT note, has been released on the HELM Open Platform.
Aaron worked with Dr Carol Coole and Dr Stathis Konstantinidis to develop the RLO which was to be part of a research study which compares face-to-face training with an online learning resource.
The RLO development process went through the standard RLO development workflow and started with a “Storyboarding Workshop”. This workshop was attended by group of practicing occupational therapists along with the RLO development team. Aaron always finds these workshops fascinating experiences and observed that the group initially started from the position of feeling that the main barrier to OTs completing the AHP Health and Work Report are the legal considerations and implications. However, by the end of the workshop, they had changed their position in saying that the resource should aim to give the users the confidence to take the knowledge and skills they already possess and apply them to the report. Aaron felt this was a great example of why the Storyboarding Workshop is so important to the development of a successful RLO.
Conversation question exploration
Handling non-linear Content organisation
The RLO focuses on a scenario in which a junior OT has a conversation which their supervisor regarding the AHP Health and Work Report and this mechanism would provide answers to key questions relating to the report that the team had identified. The RLO would also offer opportunities to explore the report, allowing the learner to attempt to complete the report based on differing case studies and then see an example of completed form.
One interesting aspect of this resource is that the report completion activity which offers 4 different cases and the learner can chose to undertake one or more of these cases. Aaron developed a novel approach to allow the RLO to break out of the standard linear RLO presentation and provide a logical and user-friendly experience for the learner.
RLO Author Interview
For the first time, Aaron interviewed Dr Carol Coole to explore her experiences of developing this, her first, RLO. This was a great opportunity to hear Carol’s thoughts on the RLO development process and really useful, as the development team, are not always aware of the author’s experiences. Aaron also thought that capturing this 'missing side' of the RLO development story could be useful to other first-time RLO authors as well as helping the team to identify any elements of the process which could be better supported.
Watch a condensed version of this interview and discover if Carol would develop another RLO with the HELM team:
The Allied Health Professional Health and Work Report RLO was made available on the HELM Open Platform from the 1st September 2019.
The article was viewable from Friday, 8th November 2019.