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March 12, 2013

LMS Development: Integrating Education and Quality Improvement

RESTON, VA, March 12, 2013 – Astute CEO, Jon Merril, MD spoke recently at the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions Meeting in San Francisco. He presented along with Robert Birnbaum, MD, PhD, of Partners Healthcare and Tristan Gorrindo, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital on the collaboration between Astute and Partners on the MGH Academy and Partners Learning Management System developed using Astute's Net.SCORE platform.

Quotes from Dr. Merril's section of the presentation:

The Growth of Mobile in Education

"The other thing that we've mentioned, we did an online 40 plus hour board review course for a major association; we made it available on a responsive website - so it could be consumed on any device - PC/Mac, mobile phone or tablet. What we discovered was amazing; only 0.2% are consuming it on laptops or PC's, for the rest it's mobile. That's kind of mind boggling."

The concept of Federated Learning Management

"The idea is that we take content and you create a central repository. You can then drop content into the different' federated' buckets. Each federated 'learning space' can have its own brand. This allows you to figure what content it makes sense to place in one bucket versus another. This way you don't have to invest in multiple learning management systems. You can leverage a central purchase so that your learners get the benefit of this content and the stakeholders get the benefit of the brand."

Personalizing Content

"And the other component of it too is personalizing, not just aggregated information, but finding out what the learner enjoys and being able to make recommendations based on the path. Just like Amazon does with purchases. Being able to have search and discovery in the context of a learning management system makes the information more relevant and frankly, again, with the industry trends, Google is a huge influencer. People are used to be able to type in a search term and get results like that."

Coupling Learning Management with Content Management

"So, one of the things that's also cool about what we're doing together is the idea of a learning management system that's coupled with a CMS or content management system, because as education changes, one of the things that we need to do is promote it, let people know that it exists."

"In the beginning of learning management systems, there was a huge ratio. It was like 10:1 or 100:1, and that ratio reflected the number of hours of effort that we put in for giving an hour of content. The closer we can get to 1:1 ratio, the more content will be created. And that's why webcasts, capturing conferences and other things become much more financially feasible to be able to create and distribute content. This also solves a large issue in medicine because one of the challenges in medicine is that there used to be a six-year lag between a published article and the time that it reached the bedside and we're basically truncating that by being able to, you know, webcast meetings, webcasts phone calls, just get content out there quickly and effectively."

Using Data to Improve Education

"On the output side, again we have the idea of aggregate user data. This is starting to percolate in, crowd sourcing information. Once you get information about how people are performing in various continuing education activities, you can start weaving that back into the exercises."

"Some of the obvious ways of doing that is if people are interested in a particular course in droves, maybe it makes sense to do more courses like that. If people aren't, then it makes sense to maybe not put as much resources there. So, that's one area where it makes a difference."

"The other area is, if people aren't doing that well on a pre-test and they do a lot better at the post-testing, you know that those educational materials applications, so the efficacy is higher versus something else. That's also an important consideration."

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