What is in this article?:
ArcheMedX is a learning architecture created to both strengthen and simplify the learning process by helping learners take better notes, build in reminders so they can reflect on what they learn over time, search for further information to help them integrate learning into practice, and collaborate withand other learners to validate their perspectives on the information.
Three Building Blocks
ArcheMedX actually offers three separate learning architectures: one for self-directed learning, one for learning in groups, and a massive online learning model. The self-directed learning architecture connects the first three learning actions to the content so clinicians can create their own “learning stream” by taking, synching, and archiving notes alongside the lesson; searching resources provided by the educational planner (such as journal articles, clinical studies, etc.); and creating e-mail and text message-based reminders in their own words.
The cohort-based model also brings in the fourth learning action (social), so learners can engage in activities with small, trusted groups of clinicians. Using this model, ArcheMedX has begun to flip the traditional learning experience at conferences and live meetings by engaging cohorts of learners online in pre-conference learning activities, and then re-engaging them after the conference has ended.
Key to the cohort-based or virtual classroom model is that learners are participating (and collaborating) in a structured curriculum. As McGowan explains, “This approach empowers clinicians to absorb new information over a series of collaborative exercises, building a virtual community of practice that extends well beyond the walls of a small medical meeting, a regional conference, or a residency program. And, for the educator, it provides flexibility to create broad lesson plans and communicate with and engage learners in collaborative and self-directed learning exercises.
The massive online learning architecture is similar to the cohort-based model, except that it doesn’t wall off individual activities or classrooms of learners within an activity, but instead allows hundreds or thousands of learners to interact with the content and share the reactions and responses to build a collective knowledge base.