Digital Learning Journey - Online Sexual Health Education

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte


I evaluated learner feedback to inform the design of asynchronous online courses for middle and high school students.

The Need

The education department at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM) had created an asynchronous virtual sex education curriculum. My responsibility at the time was program evaluation and improvement. In addition, there was a need to increase youth input in the process of developing educational content.


I started by reviewing 2,800 post-surveys from the existing e-courses. I coded the qualitative data to find themes regarding what worked and what didn't.

I also developed and managed a Youth Advisory Board of youth between the ages of 16-25. The advisory board reviewed lessons, activities, and digital products and provided feedback to make the content more accessible and relevant to teens.

A laptop showing a sample from the animated course

Findings and Development

I wrote a report for the department that summarized my findings and provided recommendations for improvement. Some of the key suggestions I outlined included the need for relevant and relatable stories and a tone that was fun, sensitive, and approachable.

Based on those findings, the digital learning team started developing a story-based learning experience. The animated story would follow the lives of various teenagers who were dealing with the same kinds of topics covered in the course.

During the course development, I also reviewed and revised the scripting for the animations and learning modules to ensure that it was medically-accurate, age-appropriate, and accessible. I also wrote learning objectives to ensure that the course aligned with state and national standards.

Speech bubbles with feedback from students. The first says "I liked how it was a fun learning experience. The small quizzes and short video made this course a lot more interesting and engaging." The second says, "The thing I like most about the course is that it gave us a story with characters while still going over important topics. it gives us an idea on how to help someone in need or even help ourselves." The third says, "Something I liked most about the course is how they used characters who are probably going through the same thing kids our age are going through."


Nearly 15,000 students enrolled in the course in the 2021-2022 school year. Among those students, there was a 45% difference between the number of students who could identify methods of STI and pregnancy prevention prior to taking the course and after completion of the course. The majority of students who took the course also reported that "the information they learned would help them now or in the future."