Design Outline for the New Education

Ben Robison
Mar 17, 2016 · 4 min read

(Part one of five in the Vision for a New Education series.)

0. Know the learner

1. Set clear expectations for education

2. Maximize learners autonomy

3. Focus on high-volume deliberate practice

4. Provide continuous finely-grained assessment and evaluation

5. Network education and learning

6. Build inspiring learning environments and experiences

7. Invest in education design, innovation and research

0. Know the learner

1. Set clear, measurable expectations for education

Expect quantifiable continuous improvement in educational effectiveness

Optimize the use of expertise

Prioritize imaginative, creative and empathic activities

2. Maximize learner autonomy

Maximize unstructured time

Provide adaptable environments and resources to support learning

Place student in close proximity with service opportunities

3. Focus on high-volume deliberate practice

Invest in and maximize time spent on interactive cases, problems, physical skill challenges and projects

Provide an engaging emotional experience day-to-day

Provide a balance of individualized and team-based practice

Provide a curriculum rich in service opportunities starting on day 1

Insure quality improvement loops for all aspects of practice based learning

4. Provide continuous fine-grained assessment and evaluation

Collect daily assessment metrics for all learning objectives

Assess the components of clinical medicine in detail and provide insight into the learner’s

Utilize agreed upon national standards aligned with patient care indices

Ensure continuous improvement

Set the stage for evidence based education

Align evaluation of curricula, educators, education with learner self-assessment metrics and patient care or patient care process metrics

Utilize summative exams to evaluate medical education

5. Network education and learning: Share values, resources and community

Recycle appropriately scaffolded content via an online system that allows for easy sharing, editorial and update

Utilize fast and intelligent communication systems that connect medical learning communities both inside and between schools

Build consensus learning metrics and content with input from the AAMC, LCME, ACGME, The Joint Commission and licensure boards

Expect democratic participation in the educational environment by students, faculty, staff and administration

Develop shared educational and community values through joint practice

6. Build inspiring learning environments and experiences

Build precision learning environments that support practice-based learning

Design experiences that inspire

Minimize historical artifacts that detract from PLEs and inspirational experiences

7. Invest in education design, innovation and research

Rebalance educational investment based on value to the learner

Utilize data to prove value and improve funding

Invest in design until data structures are in place to support education science

Further reading

Vision for the New Education

Part 2: Design Principles for the New Medical Education

Part 3: The Medical Studio

Part 4: A Day in the Life at the Medical Studio

Part 5: Reasons for the New Medical Education

Montessori for Medical Education

A Bibliography for the New Education

Ben Robison

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