TEEX SPOTLIGHT:Online Death Investigation Course Instructional Design Specialist Kristin Anthony
The newly designed online Death Investigation course launched March 1st. Less than 30 days later, almost 1,600 participants have enrolled. Kristin Anthony, an Instructional Design Specialist at TEEX designed the course. “It’s all about context and relevance” said Anthony, “That’s how we engage adult learners.”
Kristin joined the agency in 2013 after working in various positions dealing with content curation and instructional technology. Her innovative design strategies and high level of technical expertise have already had a significant impact on both agency eLearning methodologies and design team capabilities. “Kristin realizes the impact training will have and isn’t afraid to ask the difficult questions to make the content as interactive and engaging as possible,” Curriculum Coordinator Rebecca Donnelly said.
The decision to convert the course to an online format was largely due an effort to reduce the cost to law enforcement officers and crime scene investigators across the state. As part of the development for this course, Kristin focused on providing realistic and engaging content to intrinsically motivate the learner. She worked with a subject matter expert to create a realistic death investigation scenario where the participant must process information and make decisions while acting as the primary investigator. By employing scenario-based learning and organizing content based on investigative phases and job tasks, she enabled learners to apply their new knowledge and skills. “We are very fortunate Kristin decided to join our design team and we look forward to what the future holds,” Donnelly said.
This course meets the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Death Investigation (TCOLE Course #40059). The course is approved for continuing education credit by the International Association for Identification and also meets one of the requirements for attaining the Texas Forensic Science Academy - Forensic Investigator Level 2 certificate.
The course conversion was funded by a grant received from the Office of the Governor, Texas Criminal Justice Division and is being offered tuition-free through September 2014. For additional information surrounding other forensic courses offered, please view the Texas Forensic Science Academy page or contact us directly at (979) 845-6677.
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