Today, we’re bringing you a guest post from our friends at iSpring Solutions!
To keep pace with the changes in the healthcare sector, medical practitioners must constantly update their professional knowledge and skills. In an environment where schedules are busy and competence requirements are extremely high, online learning can be a cheaper and more effective way to train health professionals. However, this is possible only if you choose the right eLearning solution.
We’ve highlighted five essential features which every healthcare LMS should have.
1. Learning Path
A medical training program is difficult and complex. Each course usually contains numerous modules. To absorb a lot of information, it’s easier for a learner to master a topic in small steps. That’s why it’s essential to group existing units into a learning path. For instance, you can combine several online courses, video tutorials, and a quiz on nursing or health management in one compound course and set the order of modules, deadlines, and evaluation criteria. After users complete the learning path, they can get a certificate.
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With the development of telecommunications technology, it’s possible to educate doctors and healthcare providers all over the world, even in low-income countries. One of the most effective ways to overcome distance barriers and to improve access to medical training is hosting webinars. Since webinars allow you to use a wide range of visual elements and a live voice, they are pretty helpful for explaining the complex topics often found in the medical field. During online meetings, learners can interact with a mentor, ask questions, and get a detailed explanation of what is not fully understood. It’s possible to record a webinar and watch it later if a person can’t attend the session.
3. Blended learning
Though video conferencing technology is of great use, online training cannot always replace face-to-face teaching. This is particularly true for medical studies. That’s why it’s crucial to choose an LMS that supports blended learning. It combines elements of instructor-led classroom training and self-paced digital learning. For example, you can upload medical courses and video lectures to the LMS, and at the same time use the platform for planning and tracking live events.
4. Reporting and analytics
A healthcare LMS must allow you to track learners’ attendance and progress. There should be extensive reporting features to measure whether medical professionals meet their CE requirements and define if they need additional training.
5. Mobile learning
Healthcare careers are stressful and time-consuming. It’s crucial to give medical students the flexibility to study on their own schedule and allow them to view courses on their own devices. Indeed, eLearning content that looks consistent across different smartphones has higher completion and engagement rates compared to those which are not accessible on such devices or deliver a bad mobile experience. Plus, for healthcare LMS vendors, having native mobile apps which synchronize with the learning platform is now a must-have rather than a nice-to-have feature.
To Sum Up
Are you going to invest in an LMS? To make it easier for you to define the ideal software solution, we have ranked the 4 vendors most relevant to healthcare organizations. Our selection is based on the essential LMS requirements we have mentioned above.
Although all the systems in the list have much in common, they have unique features too. See the ultimate overview of 4 full-featured LMSs for healthcare in the iSpring blog.