As the month of December is speeding by and the New Year is fast approaching, I decided to spend a few moments reflecting on trends in learning by reading the work of one my favorite mentors, Curt Bonk. In a recent presentation, he summarized trends in learning as follows:

“Learning is more open, more collaborative, more mobile, more video-based, more social, more personal, more modifiable, more comfortable, more ubiquitous, more instantaneous, more global, more massive, more technology-based.”

Throughout the last year, my first at Decision Simulation, I have seen many examples of these trends while working with our customers. Here are a few snapshots of their visions:

Mobile, Ubiquitous, & Instantaneous:  Clinicians solving  quick game-like 10 minute wound care simulations in their spare time on mobile devices. Clinicians using a DecisionSim simulation at bedside to identify the best device to use for drawing blood.

Personalize:  Using rules and counters to create personalize feedback in which a mentor discusses the benefits and drawbacks of each selection the learner made.

Video and Technology-Based:  Producing video excerpts with the help of standardized patients to demonstrate the application of a communication model for talking with patients who have advancing disease. Creating two types of narrator videos with one mentor sharing his experience as a practitioner in the field and another mentor sharing his clinical research.

Massive: Massive: As part of a blended CME program, over 700 clinicians accessed an online DecisionSim CME simulation on the diagnosis and management of shift work disorder. During a follow-up live event, data and insights from the online session were used to guide the presentations and discussion. The data from both the live event and the DecisionSim simulation provided valuable insight into clinicians' understanding and use of clinical assessment tools, and knowledge, skills and attitudes in the diagnosis and management of patients with shift work disorder.

To learn more, see: Learning is Changing: MOOCs, The Open World, and Beyond