6 Digital Learning Materials That Improve Student Success - MedCerts

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Digital learning is here to stay. Not only is it flexible, it’s also more immersive and engaging than traditional teaching methods. When you use digital learning materials, you’re taking advantage of modern technology to study a new topic or deepen your knowledge. Bringing digital learning materials into your education can be an essential way to improve learning success.

What are Digital Learning Materials?

Any educational tools, resources and materials delivered electronically are considered digital learning materials. Here are six examples of digital learning materials that help you succeed in your learning goals.

Apps: There are many ways you use apps in your online education, from the learning platform itself to specific lessons that go in-depth on course materials. For example, MedCerts’ Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) app is an integral part of the Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology course you’ll take in most of our allied health programs. Using this app helps you visualize different body systems and explore ways to interact with them.

Game-based programs: Games create immersive environments. They also create strong ties to your experiences and lead to longer-lasting recall. When you can use games to learn course material, you’re bringing positive emotions that help you stay engaged. Gamified rewards are additional ways to trigger responses and encourage you to complete new lessons.

Videos: For many people, videos are preferred over static articles and text. They’re a visual way to learn your course lessons and can include different graphics and animations for explaining complex subjects.

Interactive assessments: Tests and quizzes are an important part of learning. They show you what you know, but they also reveal what you haven’t yet mastered. Traditional printed assessments say what's right and wrong without giving you more context. That’s why interactive assessments are much more valuable. If you choose an incorrect answer, you can understand why your selection was wrong and what it means.

3D demonstrations: Sometimes, your course topics are complex. That’s where 3D demonstrations come in. These visualizations help make complex topics easier to understand, simplifying explanations and letting you interact with the feature or theory.

Augmented reality: Another way to improve student success is with augmented reality (AR). When you look at computer-generated images in real-life settings, you’re better prepared for on-the-job situations, whether it’s drawing blood labs or helping physical therapy patients.

MedCerts and the 12 Elements of eLearning

Innovative ed tech is built into each MedCerts program. With access to everything from scenario-based learning and instructor-led videos to game-based learning and standardized assessments, you’ll have the immersive educational experience you need to succeed in the modern career world.

MedCerts built upon the five principles of instructional design in online learning to create 12 elements that consider all learning styles. The 30+ allied health and 15+ IT programs incorporate these 12 elements of instructional design for well-rounded learning, keeping you engaged, activated and immersed in your training.

Finding Success with Digital Learning Materials

When your mind is activated, you can turn short-term learning into long-term knowledge. Being able to engage with digital learning materials and apply critical thinking is a sure-fire road to success. Soon enough, you'll be acing your exams and becoming certified in your chosen career path.

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Written by Dana Janssen
Chief Product Officer

Dana has over twenty (20) years’ experience in Allied Healthcare and Education, and currently serves as the Chief Product Officer for MedCerts where he is responsible for product vision and strategy, research, and development.

Dana joined MedCerts upon its founding in 2009, and has led the research, development, and production of the entire catalog of programs that have helped MedCerts transform the distance learning landscape. Leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and innovative instructional design practices, Dana and his team have pioneered the development of the MedCerts 12 Elements of eLearning. Each MedCerts program contains a proprietary blend of these engaging, interactive, and entertaining elements that effectively accommodate learners of all types. Dana is deeply in-tune with the needs of today’s healthcare employers and is an expert in careers and certifications related to allied health.

Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (BS) degree from Valparaiso University, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Davenport University. Dana is an avid sports fan and in his free time enjoys mountain biking, woodworking, knifemaking, and spending time with his family and pets.

Published on June 27, 2024


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