NIH, National Institute of Mental Health
In this Phase I SBIR project, dfusion with its research partner, Education Training and Research (ETR), will establish the technical merit and feasibility of producing and using a “blended” learning version of Reducing the Risk: Building Skills to Prevent Pregnancy, STD and HIV (RTR) for 14-18 year olds. A modernized delivery model will be used that capitalizes on recent trends, such as blended learning and technological advances to enhance students’ motivation and perceived relevancy, yielding stronger and more lasting impact. The Blended RTR prototype will use a flipped classroom approach and include traditional RTR classroom-based activities and new transposed online activities (InstaRTR activities) to be completed by youth as online assignments, outside of the classroom. This flipped classroom style version addresses two significant challenges with RTR’s current implementation:
Additionally, the instructional context will be updated (beyond in-person sexual pressure to include digitally-based sexual pressure) thereby increasing youth relevance and consequently, engagement.
Once the first half of RTR is adapted to the BRTR format, it will be pilot tested by 5-8 educators and their students throughout the country. Once this Phase I project is complete, we will seek Phase II funding to build out the rest of BRTR and evaluate its effectiveness in a randomized controlled trial.