Is the future of scientific training digital

Is the future of scientific training digital?

Valentina Pia Posted 05 August 2019

Regulations in the healthcare industry are constantly being updated to ultimately provide the best possible care to patients. Every single one of these changes cascades into multiple process updates: how can a company be sure to always be compliant with these new rules?

Especially in the Pharmaceutical industry, the training provided to employees is key to have a successful adoption. Planning and facilitating scientific training has become quite complex in the past years: the employees that need to be trained belong to generations that have seen a technological evolution as never before. Younger generations have known nothing but digital technologies, while the older ones might look at them with a mix of curiosity and diffidence. But can these technologies, e.g. Virtual Reality, e-learning and gamification, really help employees in the healthcare industry to retain information better than old-fashioned teaching methods?

Science, as always, can enlighten us.

In a recent study, prof. Richard E. Mayer explains how our brain actually retains information better when it is conveyed through multimedia. The so-called "Cognitive theory of multimedia learning" describes five principles to take into account when creating e-training material:

  1. The redundancy principle teaches us that people learn more deeply via the use of narration and graphics, rather than via narration, graphics and on-screen text;
  2. The signaling principle instructs us to use cues to highlight essential information;
  3. The temporal contiguity principle underlines how graphics and related narration should be shown simultaneously;
  4. Similarly, the spatial contiguity principle explains how learning is facilitated when images and related key words are shown in close proximity to each other;
  5. The coherence principle proposes to eliminate distracting objects (e.g. unnecessary pictures, busy layout, excessive animations) from the training material.

By obeying these simple principles, it is possible to effectively train a multigenerational audience with one method, whether it is during a simple slide presentation or by making use of the latest digital technologies.

Source: Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning (Richard E. Mayer, professor in Educational Psychology at the University of California).

At Modis, we are always looking for the latest innovations to improve your training approach, while evaluating - case by case - the needs of your audience. We believe the future of scientific training is digital, with a human touch.

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