Learning Programs for Alberta Health Services Recognized for Quality and
EDMONTON, Nov. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Edmonton-based e-learning company
Christie Communications and client Alberta Health Services have been
awarded three prestigious Canadian Awards for Training Excellence by
the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD). These awards
honour innovative learning programs that meet best-practice learning
At a ceremony in Toronto Thursday night, Christie Communications and
Emergency / Disaster Management, AHS received a silver award in the
E-Learning category, a silver award in the Blended Learning category,
and a WOW! award for training innovation. Christie Communications and
AHS are the first organizations to win three CSTD awards in a single
"As Alberta's single health authority, AHS must provide consistent and
effective training to more than 100,000 employees across the province,"
said Christie Communications Vice President Jon Hill. "This is
especially crucial when it comes to preparing for emergency situations.
We are pleased to help AHS fulfill that commitment, and honoured to
receive these awards."
In the E-Learning category, CSTD recognized Code Red, which prepares staff in Alberta's health care system to respond
effectively to a fire emergency. Code Red uses a fun, interactive approach with graphics, animated scenes,
photos, and video. Learners gave the course a 92% overall satisfaction
rating. Code Red received the only award in the E-Learning category.
The Blended Learning category recognizes programs that combine
self-directed and instructor-led learning. Praised as "leading edge" by
CSTD judges, the CBRN/HazMat blended learning program teaches frontline health care workers how to
safely respond to a chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear
hazardous materials incident. The program begins with e-learning that
uses interactive video to create realistic scenarios, and finishes with
practical training in hospital emergency departments.
Alberta Health Services must guarantee continued operations, whether
business is disrupted by a wildland fire or an overflowing toilet.
Produced by Christie Communications with William Travis Group, the Introduction to Business Continuity Management e-learning uses a first-person design to immerse AHS management in an
emergency scenario, and provide them with the foundation to prepare for
and respond to disruptive events. This original approach earned the
course a WOW! award, which honours innovations that demonstrate
creativity and quality. The judges noted that the design "maximizes
opportunities for interactivity and engagement."
About Christie Communications
Christie Communications specializes in producing highly interactive and
intensely tested custom multimedia programs for local and international
clients. They are also the creator of the Safe Work Series (www.safeworkseries.com), which raises the bar for quality in online safety training.
Christie Communications' work covers a wide range of subject areas, from
health to security to technology, and the team has experience producing
materials in a variety of languages. With over thirty years of
experience in design, development and production, Christie
Communications is known for delivering high-end and imaginative
Christie Communications is based in Edmonton, Alberta with 13 staff, who
are owners of the company. For more information visit www.christie.ab.ca.
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SOURCE: Christie Communications Ltd.
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