You may have heard the saying, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”. A similar idea can be applied to human beings.
While one student may be very experienced in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, another may not even know what it is. A less experienced student may need more time to explain topics and concepts that are unfamiliar, while the student that has taken the course several times won’t need as much help. Code One’s Beacon online courses use adaptive learning to provide each student with a more individualized approach to learning.
So what is adaptive learning?
Wikipedia states “ Computers adapt the presentation of educational material according to students’ learning needs, as indicated by their responses to questions, tasks and experiences”.
But what does that mean, and how is it used in a CPR or Advanced Life Support course?
The Beacon online courses are programmed with Rhapsode to bring a personalized learning experience to each student. From the start of the course you can base your level of competency from beginner to expert. As you engage throughout the course and the various topics, you will be asked questions to measure your understanding.
Once you answer, you can decide on your level of confidence ranging from “I don’t know”, “I think I know it”, or “I know it”. Since the information is based on the students performance, the course is more efficient. If it’s a topic you are familiar with you will progress though that section faster, whereas if it’s a topic that you are new to, the program will take more time to explain those concepts.
Let’s see how adaptive learning in CPR Classes works
These examples are from the Heartcode BLS course that’s part of our BEACON program. In this example, you’re given a question with 1 correct answer.
The course will now adjust the type of questions and material it presents to us. Here’s another example.
After getting this question wrong and answering that we were not sure, the course would adapt. It would provide us more learning material about this subject so we can be sure we know the material by the time we’re done with our BLS Provider course.
As the worlds of technology and healthcare evolve, we hope to continue to bring a personalized and adaptable method of learning.