User:Randyfisher/WE Intro/Sustainable Knowledge Skills Transfer

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Sustainable Knowledge & Skills Transfer

  • Evidence-based medicine is contingent upon effective transfer of knowledge and skills to improve practice & health outcomes.
  • Issuing and disseminating toolkits, guidelines and best practices is ineffective because they are often not implemented or followed-up.
  • The conceptions of knowledge and skills as situated, tacit, and practice-based also indicate one-off injections are no longer valid in the new net-world of learning stored in connected networks
  • Learning is now understood as actionable & applied knowledge, that is situated in rich learning ecologies, collaborative, contingent, apprenticed, reflective, socially constructed through dialogue for problem-solving in context.
  • How can one-off conferences & workshops sustain the transfer of learning to improve practice without overcoming the constraints of time & distance?

Changing Concepts of Health Professional Education

Old Continuing Medical Education New Continuing Professional Development Education (CPDE)
Setting Hospital/University At Practice & at a distance
Framework Diplomas E-Portfolios
Delivery Lectures Discussion, case-studies, problem-based learning. IT, blended learning
Strengths Wise man on stage Relevance to practice, facilitator
Availability One-off, random, not customised Internet, journals, flexible, personalised
Pedagogy Didactic expert Constructivist, social & informal

Educators Can Make A Difference


  • Paying attention to issues of pedagogical design
  • Framing education around policy priorities, essential questions where research & capacity gap exists, strategic goals and objectives related to on-going and summative assessment of members learning
  • Using e-learning to sustain transfer of Knowledge & Skills to improve performance across distance
  • Leverage health conference workshops programme to scale

Change Management Action Research Pilot: Project Design Goals

  • To build professionals’ capacity for CPDE
  • To enrich health professionals culture as a global learning community
  • To improve professional engagement through continuous learning communities beyond workshops
  • To optimize knowledge & skills transfer
  • To integrate ICT strategically into education programmes & conferences

What About Technology?

  • Web-based distance & flexible learning means we can reach more members to further continue education beyond one-off conference workshops
  • E-learning, m-learning, e-health, m-health offer opportunities to reach hard-to-reach professionals who find it difficult to attend workshops or conferences
  • Health professionals digital literacy needs & skills building are a priority in 21st century
  • Some have begun to move in this direction – e-mentoring, online communities, Resource Library

What's in it for the Organization / University ?

  • Deepen members’ engagement in developing their own learning solutions through participatory collaboration framework
  • Deliver strategic plan goals
  • Harness technology & new media intelligently by building e-learning competence among membership
  • Innovate to take AIDS Conferences to the 21st century
  • Build partnerships with top-notch academic partners
  • Play a leadership role in health professional education compared to our competitors
  • Improve organization educational effectiveness for sustainable impact on members practice
  • Higher return from investment in education than one-off workshops
  • Deepen staff & stakeholders ownership of organizational strategy
  • Align & cohere conference & ‘non-conference’ parts of organization