University Of Lethbridge (uLeth) and Xpan Interactive Ltd. recognized with Silver award at the 2022 Horizon Interactive Awards competition for excellence in the Website – Training/E-learning category. The entry titled Understanding and Responding to Sexual Violence (Part 2) was announced among the winners in March 2023. The winners are listed on Horizon’s award page.
uLeth is actively committed to building a safer and stronger community for its faculty, students, and staff. This commitment includes improving the understanding and responsiveness of community members to sexual violence. This inspired the creation of the “Understanding and Responding to Sexual Violence” series. The first module focused on general awareness and definitions, and was well received in previous years. The second module focuses on the application of knowledge in real world scenarios.
Learners start the module with an activity called ‘What’s Your Risk?, where they are asked to critically assess their own personal risk of sexual or gender based violence in the next year on campus. Learners then create their own uLeth ID card that represents their unique situation, and through that process, are challenged to understand their own identity in terms of ability, gender, and sexuality. Then, their answers are used (or deemed to be completely unimportant) to create their own estimated risk of sexual and gender based violence, and compare it to others in the university community. Through this activity, dry statistics become immediate and personal.
Next, the learner walks through several common scenarios of violence identified by uLeth. These scenarios deliver different messages to the learner depending on their own choices, gentle enough for those who have experienced violence, and direct enough to identify those who do not self identify as a perpetrator of violence. There are actions that can be taken as bystanders or supportive friends, and explanations of common mistakes. This activity balances the needs of the diverse audience of learners and the roles they may potentially play. Utilizing strong instructional design principles combined with uLeth’s guidance and research statistics, the module delivered powerful and unique messages to each learner’s needs and experiences.
“The scenarios that each learner goes through are unique and we wanted the learning module to resonate with the learner’s own choices,” says Ron Thiele, President and Founder of Xpan. “We are honoured to be recognized alongside University Of Lethbridge for the tremendous work we did in this module to create a long lasting impact.”
“Fostering a culture of safety and wellbeing for our students, faculty and staff is imperative to ensuring a positive learning, working and living environment here at the University of Lethbridge. The team at Xpan has continuously understood our goal in working towards creating a culture of consent on our campus, while simultaneously improving the educational awareness on the complex issues of Gender-Based violence,” says Courtney Smith, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Prevention Coordinator Counselling Services at University Of Lethbridge. “This award symbolizes our efforts to continually support and educate our campus community for years to come.”
uLeth is actively committed to building a safer and stronger community for its faculty, students, and staff. This commitment includes improving the understanding and responsiveness of community members to sexual violence. This inspired the creation of the “Understanding and Responding to Sexual Violence” series which is a mandatory component of student onboarding. The first module focused on general awareness and definitions, and was well received in previous years. The second module focuses on the application of knowledge in real world scenarios.
The Horizon Interactive Awards is a prestigious international competition recognizing outstanding achievement among some of the top interactive media producers from all over the world. The 2022 Competition was its 21st year, and has a rich history of recognizing the “best of the best” websites, videos, mobile applications, and more.
An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, reviewed more than 650 global entries, including 27 out of 50 United States and 15 other countries including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Cyprus, Germany, UK, Hong Kong, Ireland, Portugal, Qatar, Turkey, Taiwan, and Ukraine.
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About Xpan Interactive Ltd.:
Since 2001, Xpan Interactive Ltd. has built creative and innovative digital knowledge solutions to help its clients meet their most pressing business needs and performance objectives. It continues to expand on its global mission to evolve behaviour and facilitate change with engaging and effective digital knowledge solutions. The Xpan team makes heroes of learning and development professionals, and improves workspace experience (and lives) across the globe, with better learning.
Find out more on www.xpan.ca.
About University Of Lethbridge:
The University of Lethbridge exists as it does today thanks to the determined and forward-thinking citizens who believed southern Alberta warranted its own university. Their vision, tenacity and ability to unite to make the impossible possible have lived at the heart of the University for more than five decades.
The University of Lethbridge will be Canada’s destination for all who seek a comprehensive, liberal education-based university that promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and inspires research-informed teaching and learning, creative discovery, scholarship, professional endeavour, experiential opportunities and community engagement.
The University is located on traditional Blackfoot Confederacy territory. We honour the Blackfoot people and their traditional ways of knowing in caring for this land, as well as all Indigenous Peoples who have helped shape and continue to strengthen our University community.
Find out more on https://www.ulethbridge.ca/.
We develop digital knowledge solutions. Our team makes heroes of learning and development professionals. We improve workspace experience (and lives) across the globe, with better learning.