Chicago and Austin, interactive and academia
People in the movement to end slavery seem to share an intense, internal drive to make a difference. Somehow they became aware of the reality that slavery has never been eradicated. They acknowledge and recognize that many of the goods they consume generate profit through slave labor. It’s a disgusting reality.
And too many people try to ignore it or pretend it’s not real.
We found each other because wanted to find effective ways to teach about trafficking that are impactful, measurable, and can be scalable worldwide. Combining our skills toward that shared goal has powered our courses (and consumed us) since 2021.
PBJ Learning is the culmination of our lives’ work. We really believe the basic skills our courses provide are absolutely bare minimum knowledge people need to survive in a society.
What distinguishes PBJ Learning courses from other anti-slavery training?
The structure and design of our courses are intentional, and we are open to improvement at any time. Here are the hallmarks of each of our courses.
Rigorous Course Content
Our materials are sourced from experts in the field, scientifically researched peer-reviewed studies, legal requirements, survivors, advocates, and other authoritative sources.
They are then reviewed by our advisers to determine which data is the most trustworthy. At that point, we translate those into the course material itself.
Finally, once our courses go “live,” we continually update training to improve results.
Measurable, Assessment-Based Certificates of Mastery
Students earn post-course certificates that ensure understanding of the core learning objectives. These objectives are defined clearly by legal requirements or by experts in their fields. They are awarded for performance, not completion.
Pre-course assessment. Every course opens with an assessment to determine a baseline of an individual’s current understanding. This baseline helps us measure the effectiveness of our training.
Post-course assessment. Students must reach a certain mastery level of learning objectives before they receive their certificate.
Certificates are accessible online and sharable through email. Alumni and those approving continuing education credits have access to the certificate as well as the learning objectives from the related course.
Interactive Lessons and Activities
Interactive learning is six times better than passively watching videos or reading.
A study from Carnegie Mellon University shows that students using interactive learning out-perform students only learning through instructional videos by a factor of six to one.
“While more watching, reading and doing all predict better learning outcomes, the amount of learning associated with each activity done was six times greater than for each video watched or page read.”
Mistakes lead to wisdom, so we give students interactive tools to practice with their new information. When they need it, we point students to the correct information. Our students can progress when they feel comfortable with what they have learned.
Learn when you want wherever you want, on any browser
All courses are optimized for use on smartphone browsers, tablets, and laptops. If you can access the internet, you can access your courses.
Bite-sized videos, lessons, and activities
Your time is important to you. Everything is built to allow you to go “just a little further” instead of feeling the dread of watching an unstoppable 30 minute video.
Instructional and animated videos
Learning objectives are paired with, and integrated within, the most appropriate video techniques.
PBJ Learning’s Mission
PBJ Learning exists to end human suffering through education, awareness, and personal action. Effective, fact-based, victim-centric education is vital if we are going to make a difference. We want to explain the reality of this issue and dispel myths at the same time. We believe prevention through education is better.
How we are doing it: We provide the most effective human trafficking prevention education training programs through your web browser. Online delivery allows us to improve and update our materials immediately, and be confident the instructions are current. Our courses are written by experts in the field, including survivors, law enforcement, social service providers, parents, corporate trainers, and ongoing education providers. Advisers continually review our materials to meet new educational challenges. Online delivery allows us to make changes as often as our advisers suggest.
We believe education should always be available and easily accessible, so we created a system to let you learn what you want, when you want it, and where you want to learn it.