Tackling Barriers

In 2017 the University of Edinburgh’s Interactive Content service and Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland¬†(CHSS) will celebrate the¬†10th anniversary¬†of their¬†collaborative and fruitful partnership ‚Äď only last month both organisations were¬†highly commended in the BMA Patient Information Awards 2016.

Over this past decade developing innovative e-learning resources together several major changes have taken place. The most impactful decision was hopefully making all content developed in-house available as Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Creative Commons licensed (CC BY-NC-ND as minimum).

Multilingual videos

This year the partnership has decided to¬†support non-English¬†languages and publish videos that cater to¬†a wider, more inclusive, Scottish audience. Within CHSS the ‘Tackling Barriers’ programme has identified several key languages to target:¬†Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Polish, Urdu,¬†Bengali and¬†Lithuanian.

At CHSS we aim to support people in their community. Many with low literacy and English as a second language are not engaging with our services. Through co-production with low literacy and BME organisations and their members we will shape the development of CHSS health information and services. We will do this from inception to conclusion to tackle the barriers to engagement with CHSS services. CHSS will share lessons learnt with other long term condition organisations.

At the time of publication there are now 8 different ‘Tackling Barriers’¬†videos online and with many more in the production pipeline. Each of these¬†instructional videos show you how to use various inhaler devices (e.g. metered dose inhalers with spacer). They are all available for playback, embedding and download via Media Hopper, Vimeo and YouTube.

Please visit the My Lungs My Life (MLML) resource for more advice, support and information regarding chest illness:

HIV/AIDS online resources for teachers

Last Friday Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) launched a brand new website filled with educational resources, images and audio-visual material based on their UNESCO-awarded HIV/AIDS collections.

Over a 4 month development window, in close collaboration with LHSA Project Conservator Emily Hick, the Interactive Content team developed a showcase website that would house their collection in an attractive, functional and engaging design.

Each member of the team played an important role in different aspects of this multifaceted and exciting project. In a little under 20 total development days the following deliverables were achieved:

  • website design and development
    • WordPress bespoke theme (responsive)
    • parallax scrolling animation (CSS/jQuery)
  • design for print
    • Word/PDF templates
    • postcards (A6)
    • posters (A3)
  • audio/video editing and publishing
    • YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud
  • Jorum metadata creation and publishing
    • ~40 OER records¬†shared