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Cultural Diversity Training Based on Virtual World Content
Cultural Diversity Training Based on Virtual World Content

Cultural Diversity Training Based on Virtual World Content

The Joint Medical Executive Skills Initiative (JMESI) virtual module was developed to provide healthcare leaders with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage diversity in the workplace. As the storyline unfolds, the user is exposed to a variety of situations involving issues in cultural diversity and sexual harassment. Working through the module, the user is referred to various learning materials to aid him or her in responding to the scenarios. A quiz at the end of the module reinforces key learning concepts and identifies further learning needs.

The Big Picture

JMESI’s mission is to provide military healthcare leaders with executive management skill programs, products and services that enhance their performance and give them the knowledge and information needed to make the right decisions and plan the best course of action. Keeping this in mind, the virtual module uses immersive media to engage the learner through the use of blended learning methodologies. Foundational resources are provided to broaden users’ knowledge and explore issues related to diversity and cultural sensitivity. Users have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through various interactions in a virtual environment.

 

Digging Deeper

The scenarios presented in the virtual module emulate situations that occur in real life where the workforce comprises both male and female employees who have different cultural backgrounds.

 

In Practice

The diversity and cultural virtual module was a first for JMESI. Users enjoyed working and learning in a virtual environment and found the use of different scenarios helped reinforce key learnings.