An increasing fraction of healthcare research dollars is going to research on CME: how to more effectively disseminate new knowledge and skills throughout the medical community. In this white paper we explore four new directions in CME research that have taken shape over the past few years: point-of-care CME, social media, simulation, and spaced learning. We summarize key findings in each area and analyze their potential impacts on the CME landscape. The paper also includes resources for further reading on these topics.
Access xAPI: Beyond the Hype
Every professional has tools that are unique to their trade. Farmers use tractors, doctors use stethoscopes, and accountants use spreadsheets. The tools we use not only shape the work we do, but also affect the way we think about the work we do. They change the way we solve problems in our particular field.
A relatively new tool has emerged within the field of instructional design. Experience API (otherwise known as “Tin Can” or xAPI) is a technical specification for learning technology that allows instructional designers to collect data from various sources about their learners into a single location. From there, instructional designers can work with data analysts to figure out what works best for their learners and redevelop their curricula in a way that takes into account the needs of their learners. This iterative, data-driven approach to instructional design results in a better learning experience for users.
In this white paper, we define the basic terminology, history, and functionality of xAPI from an instructional design perspective. We also explore four case studies which highlight the usefulness of xAPI in instructional design and provide a number of potential use cases for various stakeholders.