Joint Accreditation Criteria Review: JAC7

The second grouping of JA criteria is headed Activity Planning and Evaluation. This set of 8 criteria focus on how individual activities are designed, implemented, and evaluated.

JAC7 states: 

The provider designs education that promotes active learning – so that teams learn from, with, and about each other – consistent with the desired results of the activity.

This criterion focuses on how we teach, or more specifically, how people learn.

While it is lovely to sit and just let information wash over you, it’s not particularly effective. Learners need to be engaged in the process, and there are any number of ways you can do this. The most basic is to ensure that a live activity includes time for Q&A or discussion. You can have people do small group work or think-pair-share, in which learners discuss a question with a partner and then share their thoughts with the larger group. As a learner, I’m always excited when I walk into the room and see red, yellow, and green cards on the table. I know we’ll be doing some sort of case-based learning in which we have to decide if someone is meeting accreditation criteria. (You can tell what sort of educational activities I frequently attend.)

But enduring materials need to be active as well. Learners need the opportunity to engage with the material in order for it to stick. This could be as simple as including quiz questions or as complex as a simulation. It all depends on the material, the audience, and the technology you have access to.

As you are planning, look at your agenda or curriculum. Is it just a talking head? What can you add to make learners active participants? By meeting the requirements of this criterion, you are one step closer to achieving JA. More importantly, you are providing your learners with education that they will remember when they step out of the learning space and back into their practice.

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