Case Study: Rapid Training of Community Health Workers Using Enskill®




upskilling, reskilling, artificial intelligence, avatars


The COVID-19 pandemic caused many workers to lose their jobs, and also resulted in rapid surges in demand for workers with particular skills. In public health there was suddenly a huge demand for community health workers to conduct contact tracing, vaccination, and community outreach. To address this need, our team undertook the challenge of creating an online course that trains workers for community health work in half the time of typical training programs. It utilizes the Enskill® learning platform, which uses AI technology to create simulated scenarios in which trainees practice skills with avatars acting as simulated patients. Fifty-seven training participants without college degrees were recruited for the program from the Hampton Roads region, in collaboration with the Hampton Roads Workforce Council. The first cohorts of trainees were able to complete the training successfully in just eight weeks, and are now being placed in public health and healthcare positions. The approach also shows promise for upskilling existing employees to address skill gaps. The Enskill training program is a competitor in the XPRIZE Foundation’s Rapid Reskilling competition, to quickly reskill under-resourced workers for the digital revolution.

Author Biography

W. Lewis Johnson, Alelo Inc.

Dr. W. Lewis Johnson is an internationally recognized expert in artificial intelligence in education. For his work on the first Alelo immersive game, Tactical Iraqi, he won DARPA's Significant Technical Achievement Award. He has been a past President of the International AI in Education Society, and was co-winner of the 2017 Autonomous Agents Influential Paper Award for his work in the field of pedagogical agents. He has been invited to speak at international conferences such as the International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, and presented a Distinguished Lecture at the National Science Foundation.


Under his leadership, Alelo has developed into a well-recognized producer of AI-driven learning products for rapid training and reskilling. Alelo cultural training products are required training for US military personnel deploying to 86 countries around the world. Alelo’s Enskill platform was runner-up in the 2021 International E-Learning Awards. Team Alelo is a Qualified Team in the XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling competition.




How to Cite

Johnson, W. L. (2021). Case Study: Rapid Training of Community Health Workers Using Enskill®. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), 14(2), pp. 44–49.



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