Want To Improve Your Learner’s Confidence? Use Interactive 3D Medical Content
Together Gen Y and Gen Z make up almost 50% of the American population, and the majority of medical students. Soon they will make up the majority of healthcare professionals as well as the majority of patients or decision makers for patients.
This vast portion of our population have experienced little to no life without interactive content. Your learners are immersed in interactive content and have been for most (or all) of their lives. It’s not that their learning styles have changed over the years – it’s the only way they know to learn.
A flood of knowledge.
What we know about science and medicine doubles in a matter of months. Fifty years ago, it took 50 years for medical information to double, and in the 1980s, it took 7 years. Now, however, our knowledge expands at a rate never seen before.
With such a rapid pace of new information coming at healthcare professionals, educators, and students, how do they keep up?
And what’s more, how do they achieve confidence when they do reach their learning objective? How do they go on to confidently communicate and practice what they learned?
Need for speed.
If those in healthcare and medicine need to learn more information than ever, then it only makes sense that they need to learn more confidently and faster than ever.
Unfortunately, physical learning materials and most online learning materials are limited, and learners still spend hours in the classroom being lectured about complex medicine instead of being invited to interact with it.
Yet when learners in other industries learn through interactive 3D educational and training content on complex topics, the time to learn is reduced by 30%. Because interactive content engages multiple senses, a learner doesn’t need to spend as much time reading or listening when they can engage directly with the learning objective they are trying to achieve.
If interactive content works to educate students in other industries, it only makes sense that it could work in complex medicine. Here’s why:
1. Interactive 3D content improves learner confidence.
One study compared learner confidence through two different learning methods. One group learned about the human body using a traditional cadaver, while the other learned using the BioDigital Human. The group using the BioDigital Human showed more confidence in the learning objective, scoring higher on the learning assessment.
In a field where a sure hand and assured decision making is key to patient outcomes, healthcare professionals and medical students alike need to be confident in their training.
2. Interactive content increases proficiency with the topic.
When learners are more confident, they practice more proficiently and need less time to engage with educational content to learn. In one study from the aeronautic and defense industry, trainees who learned through 3D content spent 25% less time on a procedure than they did when they learned through more traditional means. A learner’s ability to be proficient faster means they can move on and eventually learn more to keep up with expanding knowledge.
3. Interactive content increases engagement with the topic.
Interactive methods help get learners engaged in their learning. When Stanford Medical School changed their biochemistry course to be interactive, class attendance shot up from 30% to 80%. Students need their curiosity engaged, and 3D medical content does just that.
4. Interactive content increases learning retention.
When students or trainees are engaged in their learning, they remember the content better. “Messages are stickier (more comprehensible and memorable) when they are unexpected enough to capture our curiosity.” The interactivity captures learners’ attention and makes learning enjoyable, increasing the knowledge that sticks with them after they leave the classroom.
Two ways to go interactive
1. Offer your learners a visual experience.
Today’s learners learn through seeing. Almost every piece of content they engage with outside of the classroom has a visual component. They are used to stimulating visuals and graphics that help them retain content. You can create a visual experience with tailored images and video that illustrate exactly the learning objective you are teaching.
2. Offer your learners immersive content.
Engage multiple senses. The more senses you can immerse in complex medicine and science, the more learners will learn and the faster they will learn it. Use embeddable medical content to create immersive experiences that tell a story.
Grow learner confidence with interactive medical content. Book a demo now with one of BioDigital’s strategists.