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How to Close the Healthcare Skills Gap

Posted by Area9 on Aug 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM
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The point of medical training is to identify and close skill or professional practice gaps. And because of new technological developments or new research, there’s always a skill gap. Those skill gaps are the difference between what a clinician is doing versus what they should be doing. But there are easy solutions. 

The best way to close a skill gap is to: 

  1. Improve Learner Engagement: Many learners only want to train if they believe the training they’re taking will positively affect their careers. Unfortunately, most e-learning disengages the learner by dumping a course full of information the learner already knows, onto the learner’s lap. The learner then has to parse through a massive amount of information to find the lesson that they actually need to close their healthcare skills gaps. A better way to engage learners is to only teach them the topics they struggle with, not those they have already mastered.

  2. Repeat Exposure to Material: Memory deteriorates over time, and it deteriorates very quickly. If you want to improve knowledge retention, a learner needs repeated, targeted exposure to material. The problem is, if your corporate e-learning tools don’t have an efficient way of repeating exposure, this can take a long time — time that most employers don’t feel they can give their employees. And time that employees don’t want to spend away from their jobs. 

    If you want better competence, however, you need to improve knowledge retention through some form of repeated exposure to learning materials.

  3. Adapt to Diverse Learning Styles: In large companies, it can be tempting to treat training as a “one-size-fits-all” product because, until recently, it was impossible to personalize training cost-effectively. But corporate training isn’t a pair of socks. You can’t just create a training program tailored to an “average” person and expect it to work for an entire company. That’s why most traditional corporate training is more like one-size-fits-none.

    With the advent of more sophisticated technology, it’s now possible to adapt training to every learner.

Do Away with Healthcare Skills Gaps

When it comes to these three criteria for improving corporate learning, Adaptive Learning is thenull clear choice for the best training method. Adaptive Learning improves learner engagement by only focussing on what the learner struggles to learn or retain, not the topics the learner has already mastered.

Adaptive Learning can efficiently expose learners to targeted material repeated in different ways through its Recharge function. Recharge detects what learners are having trouble remembering and focuses its attention on those areas, providing material to close each skill gap as it is detected.

This is why Adaptive Learning is the clear choice when it comes to clinicians looking to close skill gaps and raise competency.

Curious to Learn More About Adaptive Learning and How to Close Skill Gaps? Download this E-Book for More.

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Topics: Healthcare Training