Answer: The course is planned according to learning principles.
- Cognitive Load: It will be beyond student’s mental capability to ingest, assimilate and utilize the key messages if conveyed without break. Breaks provide time to revisit / reflect the concept, clarify misconceptions and making effort to make permanent schema. More over breaks are designed for students to go through the essential material provided to them before coming to the arena of learning.
- No doubt, it will be more convenient for all stake holders (Participants, facilitators & organizers) to go through the course without breaks but this convenience will be at the cost of purpose of course.
(No one can eat & digest all dishes simultaneously without diarrhea or vomiting)
Solution to avoid cognitive load during the course
On 9th December, the trainees (must bring own laptop, digital camera and 4 G internet device along with necessary clinical examination tools) will fill a questionnaire to assess their own back ground knowledge to realize their own gaps and deficiencies. After wards, they will be distributed guidelines / TOS of the course and the suggested pages of text books to study before they join the next contact period. The TOS will provide clear picture of what students are supposed to learn. Students need to focus on achievement of explicitly described learning out comes one by one and tick them after self-assessment during self-directed learning periods. On first day, emphasis will be on “how students can learn maximally with minimum efforts utilizing the principle of effective learning”.
10th to 14th December :- Self Directed Learning period
During these days, students will try to rectify their misconceptions about the prior knowledge identified on the first day. They will also go through the material (shared with them on google drive) for building basic concepts. During this period they may contact & discuss their misconceptions via WhatsApp and Phone with the facilitator during mutually agreed time.
15th & 16th December: – Contact Period to achieve already describe learning outcomes
17th to 21st December: – Self Directed Learning period of provided material for next session
22nd & 23rd December: – Contact Period to achieve remaining learning outcomes
The Last assessment day (any Saturday of any month) is left at the disposal of participants. When the participant assumes that he/she have successfully achieved the explicitly described learning out comes of the Course, he/she may contact course organizer’s to take the exam. Duration of exam will be 2 hours and will be held for minimum of 20 participants on a mutually agreed time on specified day.