Presentation W P16
W P16 (Poster Presentation):
E-learning for computer workers
- Institute for Work & Health, Toronto, Canada
- University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
- Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety
- Florida International University, Miami, USA
Office workers may be at risk for MSDs and reduced productivity due to sub-optimal computer workstation set up. Often, optimal workstation setup is relatively easy to achieve by workers with appropriate training. E-learning has been shown to be just as effective as In-person training (IPT) in knowledge acquisition and changing practices. However, it is important for training to be as up-to-date as possible with science and standards. The project partners with health and safety associations in Ontario to develop an office ergonomics E-learning. The objective of this presentation is to describe the development and testing of an E-learning for office ergonomics.
The E-learning was developed using instructional design theory. A pilot evaluation of the Beta-version of the E-learning was completed at a single site including focus group testing among two sets of office workers (6-8 per group) and usability testing. A more in-depth evaluation of effectiveness was done in a controlled field trial in a variety of workplaces from various sectors in Ontario. Data from the pilot test and field trial have been used to update the E-learning from a Beta-version to a final version. Work is underway to update the content, usability, and software for a broad release of the E-learning.
Focus group feedback identified navigation changes, the need for a glossary and content limits. Usability testing identified timing issues, user evaluation challenges, and screen resolution improvements. Pilot evaluation revealed statistically significant changes in outcomes of: knowledge, self-efficacy, work postures, workstation configuration and adjustments, and symptoms. Following pilot testing, further content changes were made based on expert advisory panel recommendations and feedback from study participants to create Beta-version 2.0. Version 2.0 was used in a large field trial comparing IPT, E-learning, and enhanced approaches. E-learning and IPT performed similarly on all outcomes measured.
We describe development steps, and testing of an E-learning for computer workers. The E-learning shows promise as an effective and cost-effective method of reducing the common hazards of computer work. Future research will explore the effectiveness of “enhancing” the E-learning with short IPT modules.
Wednesday October 1
13:00 - 14:00 Poster Viewing