AS technology continues to evolve rapidly, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) remains committed to keeping current and thereby helping members stay current in their medical knowledge and competency-based education. ASA has partnered with Synegen, a Chicago-based technology consulting firm, to launch the next generation ASA Education Center. ASA members will benefit from the powerful capabilities of this modern, flexible learning platform and the business intelligence it provides for competency-based, self-directed learning (fig. 1).
During development of the new improved platform, the education team focused on key strategies: ensuring that the new platform provides personalized education and content, supports standardized search terms, and provides mobile friendly content delivery. It also had to include reporting with individual, group, and organizational data in a dashboard view. The team sought to create a centralized location to track all of Continuing Medical Education (CME), American Board of Anesthesiology Maintenance of Certification (MOCA®), and state licensing requirements.
Member (Learner) Centric
Since the launch of ASA’s first learning platform in 2011, the education team has been gathering member feedback including assessments of what was working, what was not, and potential improvements. These provided the foundation for this new tool. The selected technology is more user friendly and member centric.
Navigating the new platform is very intuitive. All educational programs including Anesthesiology Continuing Education Program, Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) Program, Self-Assessment Modules, Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Education and Clinical Training Portfolio, and other enduring materials are consolidated into a single platform with single sign-on. Members can personalize their learning plan and develop the necessary skills to achieve their education goals as well as can track their certification requirements. Learners can collaborate via discussion board and wikis and use peer review tools that stimulate critical thinking and team problem-solving.
Organizations and group practices can use administrative management tools to target learning goals for their group. Group administrators can enroll learners in group activities, facilitate course content, send notifications, and monitor learner assessment data to evaluate individual and group progress (figs. 2 and 3).
Dashboard with Data-driven Feedback
Every ASA member can access their learner dashboard. A snapshot view provides an overview of relevant information such as course enrollments and completion status. A detailed and dynamic transcript tracks CME and American Board of Anesthesiology Maintenance of Certification (MOCA®) requirements while demonstrating individual, group practice, or an organization’s commitment to learning, quality outcomes, and patient safety. Peer benchmarking is provided on all posttest data so that members can see where they fall among peers in medical knowledge and competency-based assessments.
Future plans for a further enhanced dashboard include integrating Anesthesiology Quality Improvement elements and quality benchmarking data for members participating in data reporting to the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry. This dashboard will also allow members to track state licensing requirements. It will be released sometime in late 2015 or early 2016 (figs. 4 to 7).
Optimized Search for Content
It is now easier to find other ASA content and resources. All sites including the new education center and Anesthesiology use a standardized list of primary terms to organize content. This means that users will receive the most relevant and comprehensive information available. A learner-focused course catalog structures results based on filters including keywords, American Board of Medical Specialties core competencies, change in practice, date, program, format, and number of CME offered (fig. 8).
Mobile Ready and My Learning App
Accessing courses via mobile devices creates additional opportunities for learning while on the go. Members can now view all courses on any mobile device. The newly released My Learning App is available as a free download on both iOS and Android platforms at the Apple Store and Google Play. Anesthesiology Continuing Education, SEE, and 2015 Journal CME are now available on the app both online, when the mobile device is connected, and offline. For example, if the new issue of SEE is purchased, members can complete the self-assessment module while sitting on a long flight while offline. Coursework will be saved offline. Once the mobile device is connected again to Wi-Fi or cell service, the app automatically syncs. CME and ABA MOCA® credit can then be claimed. Additional courses will be released on ASA’s My Learning App in the near future (figs. 9 to 12).
Members and their care teams will benefit by accessing all of their continuing education requirements in one location. Accessing courses through mobile devices creates additional opportunities for learning while on the go and supports member’s busy lifestyles. Members can now view many courses on any mobile device, making tracking and completing member CME credits, American Board of Anesthesiology Maintenance of Certification (MOCA®), and state licensing requirements more easily accessible. Check out the Education Center tutorials (http://education.asahq.org/tutorials) to learn more and look for additional features and functionality that will be introduced throughout this year and beyond.
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