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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services needed a training solution that standardizes food sampling procedures for all employees across the state. CIMES designed highly interactive web-based learning modules featuring video demonstrations, step-by-step illustrations, tips for best practices, and “tales from the trenches” featuring audio interviews with food inspectors.
The Open Doors Outreach Network was launched by Voices for Florida in 2016 as part of an effort to address service gaps for victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. An orientation module introduces Voices for Florida, ODON, its service model, and what is expected of partner organizations within the network. The training develops knowledge and skills that ensure fidelity to ODON’s service model, leading to standardized quality care regardless of location.
This short, high-impact module uses video interviews and a practice scenario to deliver its core message about the effects of trauma and encourage law enforcement officers to adopt trauma-informed approaches when working with sexual assault survivors.
Because the Open Doors model was implemented rapidly through existing service providers in six Florida regions, CIMES recommended a developmental evaluation, rather than a traditional program evaluation. CIMES used surveys and interviews to identify strengths and weaknesses in the implementation and enable the network to make changes in real time, as the model itself continues to evolve.
CIMES originally developed an integrated business management system called myCIES for the Center for Intensive English Studies at Florida State University. That system, which brings together application, registration, evaluation, grading, and billing processes with a user-friendly interface, was so successful that CIMES has since developed customized systems for the University of Florida (myELI) and the University of Houston (myUHLCC) as well.
In addition to full web-based training packages, CIMES develops short video trainings that use whiteboard animation to present the basics of how to use an online system or web portal. These videos help users learn very quickly how to perform the entry-level tasks required by the system. CIMES has developed quick start videos for applicants for California Tobacco Control Program funding and for individuals applying for Florida teacher certification.
CIMES is the organizing sponsor for the Virtual Symposium on Expertise Systems in Florida Universities to be held beginning May 11, 2020. The free series is for entities in Florida’s universities that collect and disseminate information about faculty research, publications, and professional activities. Primary audiences include faculty and staff involved with any type of university expertise system--such as those used in research management, faculty advancement, library scholarly commons, commercialization, or industry engagement.
Florida Department of Transportation
- Transportation Data Analytics Office
The Florida Department of Transportation collects data for a national-level information system known as the Highway Performance Monitoring System. CIMES worked closely with the HPMS expert to identify the knowledge, processes, procedures, skills, and aptitudes technicians need to perform the data collection tasks. CIMES then developed web-based training that includes scenarios with multiple solutions and assessments that provide rich feedback to help model behavior, deepen understanding, and promote transfer of learning.LEARN MORE
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Division of Agricultural Environmental Services
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services oversees food sampling throughout Florida for adulteration and misbranding. Existing training was delivered face-to-face, once a year. CIMES developed a web-based training solution that standardizes food sampling procedures for all employees across the state and can be accessed at any time, without the need for a formal training meeting. The training serves as an orientation for new hires and a refresher for current food inspectors.LEARN MORE
Florida State University
- Center for Intensive English Studies
The Center for Intensive English Studies at Florida State University needed a centralized business management system to encompass all the needs of the center, which to a large degree were different from those of the university as a whole. CIMES created a portal and content management system that encompassed student application and registration, course and session creation, faculty assignments, recording of grades and attendance, billing, and reporting.LEARN MORE
Florida State University
The Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic located in the Psychology Department at Florida State University was funded by the military to develop web-based intervention programs in the areas of stress and social isolation.The objective of the web-based intervention was to help participants combat the feeling of social isolation by providing them with information on recognizing symptoms, dispelling common misconceptions, and suggesting coping mechanisms.A multi-dimensional approach was taking to provide a rich experience for the user that included videos of subject matter experts as well as video scenarios demonstrating content organized by seven myths of social isolation.LEARN MORE
Voices for Florida
The Voices for Florida Open Doors Outreach Network seeks to improve care, coordination, and outcomes for commercially sexually exploited and trafficked children. The network uses an innovative approach that engages teams of survivor-mentors, regional advocates, and clinicians to provide 24/7 care to recovering victim. CIMES developed a performing a developmental evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the service model at the current pilot sites. The study will also identify which aspects of the model need to be maintained and sustained as it is being implemented at new sites and which aspects of the model can be modified to fit the local needs of partner organizations.LEARN MORE
Florida Department of Health
- Bureau of Infection Control
The Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health needed training on best practices for nursing staff members, including both registered nurses and nursing assistants, in three types of settings: acute care hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, and nursing homes. CIMES developed web-based training that included an overview of infection control with a focus on hand hygiene, isolation precautions, personal protective equipment, and immunizations. The overview was followed by audience-specific training for nurses and nursing assistants in the three care environments.LEARN MORE
Florida Department of Education
- Bureau of Educator Certification
The Bureau of Educator Certification at the Florida Department of Education is responsible for evaluating, granting, and maintaining licensure for Florida educators. The bureau offers its certification partners in Florida’s school districts training and other resources to assist with their responsibilities. In 2017, the bureau launched a new software system, called Versa, to handle its licensing processes and needed to provide training on the system to district partners and staff. CIMES developed web-based training, video demos, and print-based job aids to prepare current and new employees to use the Versa system.LEARN MORE
Florida Department of Health
- Bureau of Environmental Health
The Bureau of Environmental Health Radon Program within the Florida Department of Health needed updated course materials for the Florida Radon Certification Program. CIMES provided 150 illustrations and diagrams, a reformatted program course manual, and 9 training modules converted into HTML5.LEARN MORE