Australian athletes receiving award winning online education

2 December 2016

ASADA’s Level 1 anti-doping course has won Gold at the Learning Technology Awards in London.

The course received highest honours in the ‘Best use of learning technologies to ensure compliance’, in a competitive category which featured the best of the best online education programs in the world, including from Tesco, AXA, Sky and KPMG.

We engaged industry experts, Kineo to overhaul and relaunch ASADA’s eLearning platform in December 2014 to make it more engaging and practical for today’s athlete. The interactive—multi device—eLearning course avoids the stereotype that anti-doping education is dry and unengaging, providing an experience that focuses on the needs of athletes rather than ‘tick the box’ administration.

The interactive experience takes athletes through the Australian National Training Centre, a fictional sporting village which consists of eight destinations: Accreditation Desk, Training Venue (track), Chemist, Doctor, Nutritionist, Doping Control Station, ASADA Headquarters and Stadium, where learners complete their final anti-doping quiz… complete with the opportunity to receive Gold, Silver and Bronze medals based on their performance—satisfying the competitive instincts of our athletes. Each area represents a different module to help users learn more about anti-doping.

In 2015–16, 9,600 athletes completed the level 1 eLearning course, and an additional 5,753 completed the level 2 course—which was launched following the success of the level 1 course.

Furthermore, through an agreement with the Australian Olympic Committee and Australian Paralympic Committee in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games to deliver a comprehensive anti-doping program, we re-branded our online learning system to a Rio Games theme, and developed a Rio Games module specifically for team members. As a result, we saw 92 per cent of Olympians and 100 per cent of Paralympians complete anti-doping education.

ASADA Education Manager, Chris Butler said the international recognition ASADA’s eLearning platform continues to receive is a compliment to the innovative and high quality work provided by Kineo’s team of world class instructional designers and eLearning experts.

‘Members of Australia’s sporting community can be assured they are receiving access to one of the best eLearning platforms in the world to receive their anti-doping education, and with almost 1,000 individuals completing the course last month alone, we are still reaching athletes around the country,’ he said.

You can read more about the Learning Technology Award, watch the video about the Level 1 Anti-Doping course, or if you are ready start your ASADA eLearning experience now.