The Center for Disease Control (CDC) (http://www.cdc.gov/), in partnership with the Public Health Foundation (PHF) (http://www.phf.org), invites distance learning professionals who are responsible for developing online training products to participate in the eLearning Institute Fellowship program to learn how to produce quality eLearning in order to expand their impact and reach. The ELI Fellowship empowers education and training professionals from state and local health departments and public health organizations with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources to create quality e-learning products.

As part of the fellowship program, participants create an online training product, receive mentoring support from CDC and outside e-learning experts, collaborate with peers, and take part in online learning opportunities. Participants also travel to the CDC offices in Atlanta, GA to attend an in-person orientation and a final showcase event where they present their e-learning products and receive constructive feedback from their mentors and peers.

FTA Mentors at CDC’s eLearning Institute Fellowship Program

CDC eLearning Institute Class of 2016

CDC eLearning Institute Class of 2016. Click image for larger file.

It doesn’t matter how important a research breakthrough is if the public doesn’t know about or how best to use new information. We at Full Tilt Ahead (FTA) understand how crucial eLearning is to public health and wanted to help by offering to be mentors. Since 2015, our Brains, Dr. Roxanne Russell has offered her instructional design mentorship for the program. This year, our Beauty, Chip Evans, joined as a visual design mentor. They both learned as much as they mentored – about the challenges of learning management systems, authoring tools and converting dense health information into behavior-changing learning experiences.

At the CDC hosted final showcase, they were very impressed with the fellows who worked diligently to create quality eLearning products. The program just completed this year, but check the CDC and PHF websites in the fall to look for opportunities to apply to next year’s program.