San Diego MA Program Pilots New Platform

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Concorde understands the growing role that technology plays in health care and health care learning.

We know that, in this day and age where a patient can book a doctor to make a house call through a smartphone app, the future professionals we train will encounter it more than ever in their workplaces.

Introducing a new platform for health care learning

That’s why we’re piloting Sherpath, a new learning platform in our Medical Assistant program at Concorde – San Diego.

Sherpath is a personalized learning and teaching technology built specifically for health care education. It is a method to engage in health care learning more simply, effectively and efficiently.

While Sherpath is optimized to work on something as small as a mobile device, it’s more than just an app. It’s a fully integrated, digital teaching and learning ecosystem that provides students an interactive, adaptive environment.

“It centers the learning around key learning outcomes, supported by lessons, adaptive quizzing, simulations, skills, book content, and for Medical Assistants, competency tracking for employer-desired competencies,” said Mary Cooper, a National Account Manager for Sherpath. “It includes real-time analytics, so faculty can easily track the progress of both individual students and cohorts.”

On the cutting edge of health care learning

Sherpath is on the cutting edge of this type of technology, introducing their offerings a little more than a year ago. And, Concorde, seeing the benefit, was ready and able to become an early adopter.

“The platform was developed from the ground up,” according to Graham Nott, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Concorde. “It features rich simulations which prompts an increased level of critical thinking that leads to a higher mastery of concepts.”

Instructors choose the concepts they’d like to teach and then are free to choose from a myriad of vehicles to deliver that content within the concept whether through video, simulations or quizzes.

Instructors choose the concepts they’d like to teach and then are free to choose from a myriad of vehicles to deliver that content within the concept whether through video, simulations or quizzes.

The quizzing feature operates similarly to the way many licensure exams serve questions: it’s adaptive. If the test taker answers a question incorrectly, the next question will be less challenging.

“It’s an excellent way to prepare students from the get-go,” said Nott.

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