Building a virtual classroom

How one organization developed a Web-based health and safety training program.
By Ellen Lederman
|CHRR, Guide to HR Technology|Last Updated: 10/24/2001

How do you create your own Web-based courseware without losing the face-to-face experience students value in classroom settings? That was the challenge for the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) when it decided to develop health and safety training software.

The following illustrates the journey taken by IAPA to create an electronic virtual classroom. IAPA is a not-for-profit, health and safety organization representing 47,000 member firms and more than 1.7 million Ontario workers. IAPA provides industry-leading training, consulting, educational products and informational services to meet members’ needs and the needs of those in their communities.

Responding to growing interest from member firms the IAPA began developing a Web-based health and safety training program. To combat the learner’s desire for an “in-person classroom” program, IAPA wanted to create a virtual classroom that would mirror the “in-person classroom” by including the same ingredients.