Objective: To investigate educational content and training materials useful for an eLearning course for this population, and to identify opportunities for caregivers to connect via eLearning.
Design: A qualitative formative evaluation with a descriptive component was the research design for this study; military caregivers described perspectives and identified components found useful for an eLearning course.
The setting was the general community in which the caregiving was conducted.
Twenty semi-structured interviews were completed with ten military caregivers identified through a purposive, sampling criterion of providing assistance to any active duty service member or veteran diagnosed with invisible wounds of war and who had served in any war era.
The sample believed that eLearning would provide support and education to military caregivers. Findings of this study revealed that caregivers needed to become subject matter experts regarding conditions resulting from invisible wounds. Moreover, the development of an eLearning curriculum might give caregivers a) the possibility to progressively move toward an intentional act of learning and b) the possibility to receive the tools helpful and necessary to move through the process of transformation via social learning, and progressively move towards positive change.
Conclusions: Through in-depth research regarding this topic, it appears this is the first qualitative formative evaluation with a descriptive component that is from the military caregiver’s perspective. These perspectives informed a conclusion about what a beneficial eLearning program would resemble, including a cohesive outline and plan for an eLearning course to be further developed for the advancement of the military caregiver community.
Precious Goodson– Alumna of Northcentral University & CEO of Goodson Consultants, NCU, Newnan, Georgia