Bernard Kikechi is a learning design and development expert with vast experience in the implementation of eLearning for training of human resources for health in Sub-Saharan Africa. His main areas of interest in research is instructional design and distance education systems in developing countries. He is currently a learning design and development lead at Amref Health Africa, Kenya.
Title: Instructional Design Strategies in a Youth Advocacy Project in Kenya
Rationale: The current global health challenges have made online learning a necessity rather than a choice. It is also known that instructional design is often biased toward adult learners leaving out the significant youth. This research examines the relationship between an instructional strategy and learning outcomes in a blended youth training program in Kenya. This approach is frequently used in Amref Health Africa (Africa’s leading health NGO) and most training institutions in Kenya. The growth of online education and the gap in youth training presents a reason to verify instructional design strategies that work for the youth.
Research question: This research seeks to answer the following question: which instructional learning design strategies that contribute to effective learning are used in the Amref youth advocacy training?
Methodology: The researcher collected data from the students who took the Amref training. The sample was based on those who trained using a blended approach. The research was conducted with a mixed methods research design. An online survey was sent to 500 students aged 18 –29 who had taken the course within one year. The questionnaire had closed-ended questions (students asked to respond to questions on a 5-point Likert-type scale) and open ended questions (some sections where the students were to type in their own words to follow up on the closed-ended responses). So far, 218 responses have been received. The data is being analyzed using the study process questionnaire (SPQ). This paradigm would help the researcher to analyze both the surface and deep approach of instructional design strategies that work for the youth.
Results: It is hoped that this research will help with the design of the program and the general field of instruction design for youth-friendly training.