All About the Learning Sciences

Jun 3, 2019 by Osmosis Team

At Osmosis, it’s our mission to empower the world’s clinicians and caregivers with the best learning experience possible. We’ve worked hard to ensure that as learning methods evolve, so does the Osmosis platform. Learning science is defined as “an interdisciplinary field that works to further scientific, humanistic, and critical theoretical understanding of learning as well as to engage in the design and implementation of learning innovations, and the improvement of instructional methodologies.” At Osmosis, we’ve explored how to better facilitate learning in the online environment. Here are some strategies to help you learn and succeed in the health professions:

Different learning sciences:

Retention Techniques

  • Spaced Repetition: Spacing out your learning or the practice of new knowledge or skills. Check out Osmosis’s learning science playlist which shows you how to use this technique to flatten out the forgetting curve.
  • Testing Effect: Answering questions will strengthen memory. It’s also called test-enhanced learning or retrieval practice, and it’s a form of active learning.
  • Memory Palaces: Remember a physical location to help you recall abstract information. Our brains are better at remembering things in if they’re situated in identifiable locations.
  • Interleaved Practice: A strategy where you mix up the order of the topics that you’re studying instead of reviewing them in blocks.

Learning Techniques

  • Multimedia Learning: Optimize your learning using different sources of information through text, graphics, and video.
  • Blended Learning: Combine online resources with in-person instruction to create a more personalized learning environment. Traditional lecture content is typically available outside class time with team or project-based learning happening in the classroom.
  • Problem-Based Learning: A collaborative approach built around solving a complex real-life scenarios you might come across in a professional setting. Many questions start threads of information that evolve into a web of knowledge.
  • Adaptive Learning: Material changes based on performance. It’s often automated and driven by technology. This approach can help facilitate learning with real-world problems.

To learn more about these learning sciences and take a more hands-on approach to implementing these into your learning, Osmosis offers a few resources: