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My Top Five: Starting 2015 Off with a Bang!

It strikes me that, with the Alliance meeting occurring so close to the New Year’s Holiday, as I plan for the Annual Meeting I always feel inspired to take stock of what we’ve achieved and what the immediate future holds. The reality is that at this time of year everywhere I look there is some list reflecting on or recounting what 2014 brought us – from politics, to sports, to entertainment. To make our list a little different I’d like to look forward and explore what 2015 holds for us and our Partners.

What follows is my Top Five list of reasons 2015 is going to be an game-changing year for this community!

  1. Alliance’s 2015 Innovation in CPD Award
  2. The Emergence of Data-Driven Education
  3. Agile Educational Planning
  4. More Distribution Partners Than Ever
  5. Extending Our Science of CE program

#1 – Alliance’s Innovation in CPD Award

While perhaps an understatement, I am both thrilled and honored to accept the 2015 ACEhp Award for Innovation in CPD. Along with colleagues from UVA Office of CME and the ANCC our work entitled “Flipping the Classroom: A Data-Driven Model for Nursing Education” will be highlighted at this year’s Awards ceremony and as a Storyboard. Moreover, we have been asked to author an article for a Spring issue of the Almanac and to participate in an upcoming Alliance webinar – stay tuned for more here.

To learn much more about our work, please check out a brief overview and tour that explores how the Learning Actions Model fundamentally supports blended educational approaches. And, if you are interested, send me an email and I can share a copy of our recent publication in the Journal for Continuing Education in Nursing.

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#2 – The Emergence of Data-Driven Education

It has been just 4 weeks since we the introduced our data-driven and fully redesigned administrative interface to our Partners and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. By correlating novel engagement scores, assessment data, and detailed learning actions metrics through our new data-centric dashboards and interactive reports, our Partners now have a holistic view across all their education and can quickly assess the impact of their educational activities without the need for additional analysis – in fact, for many of our Partners all of the analysis and figures they will ever need are immediately available to them through the new dashboards. Over the coming months it will be a treat to watch how these data are used to support outcomes reports and new comparative assessments and of course we will begin to quantify the cost- and time-savings that these real-time, automated analytics provide the community.

To learn more about the data-driven and fully redesigned administrative interface check out the following overview: The New ArcheViewer Administrative Experience: The Emergence of Data-Driven Educational Planning

#3 – Agile Educational Planning

Without a doubt the biggest impact of the data-driven administrative interface is that our Partners now have real-time ability to understand the strengths and opportunities inherent in their activities. Partners are never more than one click away from understanding what is working and what might be improved within the educational experience. In essence, the real-time nature of these data is the critical cog for the types of agile or formative educational planning that are so needed. Couple the types of data we surface to the various content creation tools that are available within the Learning Actions Model and Partners can design, plan, and implement very efficient content updates – ensuring that their content is dynamic and that the learning experience logically evolves and produces better and better outcomes over time.

To learn more about Agile Educational Planning check out some other work we have shared over the past few months: All good educational planning is agile educational planning

#4 – More Distribution Partners Than Ever

When we introduced the ArcheViewer Distribution Partner Network in April of 2014 our goal was to ensure that the CE community had increasing flexibility in how they disseminated their educational programs. Over the course of the year we continued to add Partners to this network, including: ReachMD, Elsevier, CMEZone, freeCME, CMEUniversity, myCME, PeerAudience, and MedPageToday. And just this week it was announced that MC Impact has become the first Distribution Partner focusing exclusively on the Managed Care audience. By seamlessly integrating our eLearning technology with these industry leading audience generation partners we have simplified the dissemination of ArcheMedX-powered educational content while allowing our Educational Partners to leverage the audience generation plan that is best suited for their needs.

To learn more about the growth of the Distribution Partner network and to explore the capabilities of each Partner click here!

#5 – Extending Our Science of CE program

Aligned with our continued support of the CE community at large – and, as demonstrated in our Innovation in CPD Award we have educated hundreds of CE professionals – we will be extending our Journey to the Center of CE program. The existing curriculum which explores the science of the Natural Learning Actions, Adult Learning Theory, Behavior Change and much more; will be supported and extended throughout 2015. The value of the existing series has been echoed by a number of groups who have begun to use the activities as the mainstay of staff training. Beginning in Q1 we will be launching a monthly Vlog series providing an overview of new research or meta-analyses and we have already committed to serve as Faculty at the 2015 ANCC Magnet Conference and the 2015 AMEE Symposium.

To learn more about and/or register for the Journey to the Center of CE program click here! Additional information about the Vlog series will follow in the coming weeks!

Given this Top 5 list and all of the good things I (already) hear will be coming out of the Alliance meeting, it is hard not to be ecstatic about what the immediate future holds – hopefully you feel the same. As always, I’d love to hear what you think. What are you looking forward to in 2015? What do you want to share with the community? As we engage in these conversations I am sure we will find new ideas, new collaborations, and new successes. Certainly you will agree!

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Brian S McGowan, PhD

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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