Disaster management e-learning: 25 countries.

Course Introduction video.

Excerpt: Sarah, a volunteer, arriving in Africa

What a novel and engaging opportunity – there’s nothing like it where we can interact with case studies and see the contributions of others from around the world.
It’s such an eye opener to the topic, to each other, and by interacting with others we can see what’s unique about our own practice.

Clarissa Adriel
President Occupational Opportunities for Refugees & Asylum Seekers Inc.(OOFRAS), Vice President United Nations Association Australia
ClientThe World Federation of Occupational Therapy
ScopeDisaster management course delivered to 25 countries.

Disaster Management and Preparedness

An online introduction course to enable and promote therapists to work within the ever-increasing global disaster events. This is a rapidly growing professional practice, that previously has not been embraced by the profession.

The course was delivered to 25 countries in 2015.

Participants experienced unfolding disasters, in real-time, responding to colleagues and the events they are all participating in.

Currently, April 2017,  students can access the course as a standalone self-paced training program. A subsequent module “Working with displaced people and refugees” is also to be produced.

Award winner for Best Interactive Scenario Design and Best Budget E-Learning, 2017.


Develop a discipline specific body of knowledge in disaster work.

Build a professional capacity to respond to multiple complex, emergency events, world-wide.

Engage professionals from diverse disciplines, cultures, prior knowledge and skills within one program.

Coordinate a team of content and technical contributors located in USA, China, Hong Kong, Australia, and colleagues world-wide.

Deliver a media-rich, immersive training program within a tight budget.


The solutions:

Professional practice for working in disasters was developed through the co-creation of training resources by students, and volunteer experts.

Complex training content was transformed into easy-to-follow scenarios whilst still capturing the multi-faceted issues associated with global disasters.

The international production of digital media delivered the scenarios and learning outcomes, that is, to raise awareness, professional skills and identify best practice for working in disasters, especially in regard to servicing those most vulnerable.

Within the course, high level planning with global response policies and strategies were also developed for global application.