Onclick: Sample Taker

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A trip to the nurse for cervical screening every few years is a regular event for some of us, but what kind of training do our GPs and nurses take to stay on top of their skills? Onclick has teamed up with the London Regional Cytology Training Centre, and created a fun, interactive 3 yearly cervical screening update for Sample Takers.

The course design is inspired by a typical woman’s fashion magazine, using classic magazine styles and layouts, for example, a diary of a sample pot, patient problem pages, recipes and puzzles. It’s visually interesting and easy to navigate.









Why we like it

  • It’s visually fun! A strong use of iconography, illustration and photography.
  • Uses visual navigational clues. Iconic prompts support ‘click’ instruction.
  • Is supported by a quiz. This sits outside the elearning, 25 questions, with 80% pass rate to receive a certificate.
  • Has a good approach to chunking. Is dip-in-able but you can also click through linearly. Uses full page chapter headings and breaks that provide good signposting.
  • A great variety of content, that takes a reportage approach to the subject.
  • Every page is in the magazine style including the help page.
  • It has a good range of screen features and creative interactions. We especially like (well not ‘like’ exactly – maybe ‘appreciate the design’) of the ‘Who’s Who? Visualizing the Cervix’. This is a kind of cervical gallery which shows you what you might see during a screening (how to recognise signs of cancer for example) and what to do about it; ‘Label Close-Up’ is another good one and allows learners to rotate a vial and read the label. We like it.
  • This course is clearly aimed at a particular demographic but it’s very well put together.

How to improve this elearning

As a medical update course it gives learners something very different. We could see this easily adapted for viewing on a mobile phone, but multi-device compatibility wasn’t a requirement for this project.

However, the approach would work really well. The only other area that might add value is signposting and chapter navigation. Even though you are able to click the ‘chapter icon’ to find out which chapter you are currently in, it could benefit from clearer signposting on screen. Making the sliding chapter menu navigational, could also add to the experience.

Elearning Superstars rating

  • Usability - 8/10
  • Content - 9/10
  • Learning - 8/10
  • Creative - 9/10
  • Overall - 8.5/10

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