The Context of Poverty

Project Description

This course was developed for new human services professionals who need context and support to work effectively with clients who are living in poverty. These professionals often focus on immediate needs when a client is in crisis and miss the broader picture of root client issues.

Learning Alchemy developed the course content to include relevant case examples. These examples support learners to apply the information directly to their work with clients. The course includes a combination of descriptive images, text and narration to support comprehension of complex topics. A workbook is included with exercises integrated throughout the course. The exercises support deeper reflection on the case examples and help the learner transfer the skills and information to work with their own clients.

How it's used

This course is part of a larger human services learning program delivered to staff in a variety of government agencies and service programs across Colorado.

Skills on display

  • Clinical Knowledge
  • Instructional Design
  • eLearning Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Voiceover
  • Audio Production

Toolset utilized

  • Articulate Storyline
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Audition

Sample Elements

Realistic Contexts

Information is presented within concrete situations that are easy to recall when making decisions on the job


Use of animated text, images and narration eases cognitive load to support deeper learning

Real Situations

Common issues are presented that help the learner connect information to their own experience

Visual Information

Visual elements assist understanding of complicated information

Case Examples

Case examples provide a realistic story about a client and support application to the learner’s unique work environment

Spaced Practice

Learners complete exercises outside of the course and engage with their supervisor to deepen learning and support application to the job

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