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NSDUH iLearning: Multimedia Training Application for Field Staff


Granger, R. K., Payne, S., Loftis, C. E., Peri, R. V., & Brantley, J. M. (2006, May). NSDUH iLearning: Multimedia Training Application for Field Staff. Presented at International Field Directors and Technologies Conference, Montréal, Canada.


The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is the Federal Government’s primary source of national data on the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit substances. The study is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is conducted by RTI International. The NSDUH utilizes over 650 Field Interviewers (FIs) to conduct over 180,000 inperson household screenings and approximately 70,000 inperson interviews annually. These FIs are trained inperson on project procedures and interviewer techniques at the beginning of every year. To supplement this training and provide refresher trainings throughout the year, RTI recently developed and introduced a multimedia training application called NSDUH iLearning. NSDUH iLearning enables FIs to view standardized, high quality training courses on various topics at their own pace on projectprovided laptops. The application includes multimedia training tools, such as video, audio, complex graphics, and interactive assessment questions.

This presentation will review the layout and functions of the NSDUH iLearning application using the tutorial released to field interviewers. The benefits of NSDUH iLearning, as well as future topics and plans for the application will also be discussed in the presentation.