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Submissions part of project that helps prepare Indigenous learners for Emergency Medical Responder course

JIBC was recognized with three Horizon Interactive Awards, including a gold in the category of Video-Instructional.
JIBC was recognized with three Horizon Interactive Awards, including a gold in the category of Video-Instructional.

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has been recognized with three Horizon Interactive Awards for a website and instructional video produced for its Paramedic Academy.

JIBC received a gold award in the category of Video – Instructional for a video entitled “Chest Pain,” designed to provide emergency medical responder students with a re-enactment of a “full call” for chest pain, taking them through each step of the assessments and transport of the patient.

The second submission, “Microlearning for Emergency Medical Responders,” garnered two awards, a silver in the Websites – Training/E-Learning category and a bronze for Websites – Health/Human Services.

“This is JIBC’s first gold Horizon Award in the instructional video category and exemplifies the quality of work and dedication from JIBC instructors, students, staff and community partners,” said Melanie Meyers, Program Director for JIBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation, which produced the submissions. “The awards recognizing the microlearning course are a testament to our continued success in using the Wordpress platform to offer innovative and quality educational experiences for our learners.”

The two award-winning submissions were part of the same project, the Foundations to Emergency Medical Services microlearn course, created by JIBC to provide an innovative online resource to support Indigenous learners and to meet a growing demand for paramedics.

Development of the course was a joint effort involving the JIBC project team and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations community and Elders, and was supported through funding from Indigenous Services Canada. The online resource helps prepare Indigenous students by providing a preview of JIBC’s on-campus Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course. In future, it may be revised and offered to a broader audience.

The online resource provides short video and content segments that can be searched for key concepts and terminology and revisited as many times as needed before, during and after the EMR course through an easy-to-use interface. Video production was led by JIBC instructor Kris Edwards and involved numerous volunteers including JIBC paramedic students and staff and BC Emergency Health Services personnel.

“The Foundations to Emergency Medical Services course provides a valuable preview into the field of emergency healthcare for rural Indigenous learners, while specifically preparing them for success in the Emergency Medical Responder course,” said Kathy Harms, Director of JIBC’s Health Sciences Division. “The success and quality of this course is a result of the collaboration that occurred between JIBC staff and faculty, and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation and Elders who worked with us on its development and pilot offering.”

The Horizon Interactive Awards, now in its 17th year, are among the most prestigious awards in the field of interactive and creative media, recognizing the best in web sites and web site design, along with several other mediums. The 2018 competition saw more than 800 entries from 21 countries around the world which were judged by an international volunteer panel of industry professionals. For more information visit the Horizon Interactive Awards online:



Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.