Learning is a Behavior: How to Improve Educational Outcomes Through Interventions

Tue. June 27 11:30am – 12:30pm

For as long as educators have been designing interventions for healthcare professionals, we have operated with the belief that learners are fully equipped to learn. And, if educational content is effectively aligned with educational needs AND if we follow some generally accepted adult learning theories, then learning can be optimized.
In reality, our learners are overwhelmed: time is short, life is hectic, and they are distracted. Moreover recent research suggests that learners rely on a variety of ‘learning actions’ or behaviors that make-or-break a learning experience – and these actions are not fully evolved. In the end, it appears that they while learning theory is clearly supportive of better learning, it is insufficient to ensure that our educational interventions have the impact we ultimately desire. Yet there are other, very well evolved fields of science that we may draw from to improve our interventions. Once we accept that learning is a behavior, than we can embrace this critical, actionable, and invaluable related body of science!

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