Question based learning with self-directed learning loops

May 17, 2016 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Tao Le1 , MHS, Toufeeq Ahmed2, PhD, John Collins1, Emma Underdown1, MS
1USMLE-Rx, 2Vanderbilt University

Self-directed learning (SDL) has been identified as an important component of lifelong learning. In SDL, students develop skills of inquiry and take responsibility for managing and monitoring their own learning. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) requires that medical schools provide medical students opportunities for SDL. However, this can be difficult to accomplish at scale, and documentation for accreditation purposes is often challenging. We developed an online question-based learning platform that provides automated opportunities for SDL “loops” that can be tracked and reported. After a learner self-identifies a competency gap exposed by answering a USMLE-style multiple choice question, the loops provide opportunities to explore online references, e-books and biomedical literature in PubMed in an effort to address the gap. The learner can close the loop by returning to review the original question before advancing to the next question. As part of this presentation, we will present data with regards to the acceptability of the SDL loops to the learners, factors driving SDL loop utilization, and associations with learning outcomes. We will conclude by discussing future directions for development and investigation.