I know it’s an uphill task to train your workforce in the Pharma sector on Good Clinical Practices (GCPs). GCP is an international moral and scientific excellence standard for the layout, behavior, performance, checking, auditing, documentation, and evaluation of clinical trials or research involving human subjects. GCP training has to be adopted by Pharma companies and research institutes as it leads to the safe and effective manufacturing of health and medical products and practices. But how do you train your workforce on this form of compliance, considering the tagline compliance comes with – ‘dull and disoriented’? Go for scenario-based learning!
How Scenario-based online learning helps in GCP training
Offers futuristic experiences
Assume you want your employees to learn about the three phases of a clinical trial – preparation, execution and close-out; you can give them a scenario. You can ask them to identify the processes under each phase. Scenarios offer your employees a secure place to fail. In case they fail to identify the processes of each phase, they can go back and reattempt the scenario. This trial and error method of learning provides the learner a foreground to practice before he actually faces the situation in the real world.
Saves learning time
Scenarios allow learners enjoy the learning experience since they have authority over their learning. They make their own decisions, implement them, and bear the consequences. They are the owners of their learning process; they save learning time as they don’t have to spend time on parts of the course that are too basic or irrelevant to them. They can choose parts of the course that benefit them or are relevant to their work and learn accordingly. For instance, if your employee is a sponsor of clinical trials, he can take the module that defines his roles and responsibilities, rather than go through the training module meant for investigators and monitors. This saves learning time.
Stimulates learners’ memories
Scenario-based training courses are woven around tales and presented in a visually appealing backdrop that most learners report to be appealing. They evoke learners’ memories since they create authoritative links in the brain, subsequently leading to knowledge retention for longer periods.To train your investigators and sponsors on their role during the execution phase, use scenario-based learning to help them become aware of their specific responsibilities.
Encourages critical thinking
The clinical trial Monitor needs to ensure the trial is conducted, documented, and reported according to the protocol, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and Good Clinical Practice (GCP). These practices can be communicated through scenario-based learning as it provides learners an opportunity to integrate their knowledge and critical thinking with decision-making, problem-solving, and explore issues. The learning objectives are well addressed through this approach since it offers a context to apply your judgment.
Engages learners emotionally
Scenarios give learners an opportunity to reflect on what they learned. For example, to train an investigator on the processes and components of a trial, you can give a brief description of the roles and responsibilities of a principal investigator. Then, show him a video of how an investigator administers medication to a patient who was not in good health. Then question him whether what was shown in the video was a good clinical practice for an investigator. This reflection keeps the learner engaged throughout the course.
Hence, scenario-based learning keeps your learners engaged, encourages critical thinking, stimulates their memory, saves their learning time, and allows them to fail in a safe environment. It has all the elements that make it ideal for GCP training. Now GCP training is no longer a pain for employees, though it has the compliance tag attached to it.
Hope this post helps you liven up your GCP training. We would like to hear your experiences.