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Medical Device Training: Why You Should be Using Blended Learning

friendly_presenting_2Because it's so important to product adoption and success, medical device training can be a big dilemma for many manufacturers. If you're looking for a solution to your training program, consider blended learning. Blended learning combines conventional instructor-led classroom learning with online and mobile learning. This mixture of learning styles provides a more flexible and comprehensive knowledge-transfer experience for participants. Freeing instruction, information, and interaction from time and place is an ideal solution for individuals with access to today’s instant technology. Plus, blended learning programs can provide organizations with cost savings.

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Most of what a classroom trainer does involves transferring knowledge and explaining potential applications on the job. However, explaining something isn’t the same as doing it and actual hands-on practice is how people really learn. When done well, blended learning programs teach participants the tasks, skills, and knowledge they need to excel at their jobs.

Whether the development of the medical device training program is done in-house or outsourced to a professional instructional designer who knows the medical industry and standard methodology there are key development considerations, including:

  • Knowledge of program creator's skill set.
  • Clear objectives from the organization.
  • Project boundaries and defined responsibilities.
  • Determine what the deliverables will look like.
  • Established budget for the project.
  • Set completion dates, reviews, and other milestones.

After your training program is in place, it's important to evaluate the effectiveness of the program to see where improvements can be made and whether or not objectives were met. Gathering insight from participants will allow you to tailor the program to the way your team learns. To better understand how effective your training solutions are you can survey participants, evaluate job performance, or use periodic testing to gauge learning retention.

Designing an Effective Medical Device Training Program

Questions to ask during the medical device training program design:

  • What should a participant be able to do after completing the training?
  • What is each participant’s base of knowledge?
  • Do the participants have diverse learning styles?
  • Will participants have access to the device, system, or tools required to perform the training?
  • How complex is the device or educational material? Will participants be required to have a minimum skill level to take the training?
  • What is the anticipated length of time for the knowledge transfer to take place?

Consider classroom learning when:

  • Multiple participants will be using the same information and skills to practice complex physical. activities or to interact with each other to achieve business goals.
  • Participants have the flexibility to be away from their daily activities for extended periods.
  • Group interaction is necessary for content understanding.
  • Retention requires extensive practice.

Implement online and mobile learning when:

  • Participants are geographically spread out.
  • Hospital or lab environments make it difficult for participants to be absent from their daily commitments.
  • Training can be delivered in small sections and integrated into the work schedules of the participants.
  • Participants do not need to be in close proximity to the subject being discussed to master it.
  • Business goals can be met via virtual reality interactions.

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Topics: outsourcing, training solutions, medical device launch