Where Do Your Learning Objectives Come From?

May 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm Leave a comment

How many times have you sat in an Alliance, ACCME, or other CME related educational activity wondering how the heck you are going to apply what the speaker is talking about in your CME setting? The same thing happens to our physician learners all of the time.

We have to do the hard work of being sure our instructional and learning objectives are relevant to improving the work our physician learners are engaged in back home. This seems obvious. The difficulty comes when our learners are back in the practice setting and need a strategy to successfully apply what was taught so that doing so becomes reinforcing rather than extinguishing.

Our instructional and learning objectives must be derived from an in depth understanding of current practice and the eventual application of a more desired set of behaviors in the practice setting. These are the gaps from which educational needs and objectives are derived. We’re required by the ACCME to do this heavy lifting. Part of that heavy lifting is a careful analysis of current and desired behaviors that leads to an understanding of why a professional performance gap exists and of how our learners can apply what is being taught back in their practice. Without this understanding we need to ask ourselves the question, “Do I have a good enough understanding of what is required to apply in practice what is learned during my CME activities. Can I design content that will help the learner develop strategies they can use to apply what is being taught? If not, maybe I need to do more work that leads me to that point.


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