Foundations of Effective Education Sessions

This online module is the first component of the Interactive Education Institute, which aims to train Annual Meeting faculty on interactive instructional strategies that reflect principles of adult learning. The module starts by comparing documented effectiveness of instructional types and instructional formats that promote active learning. It then describes three principles of adult learning and approaches for supporting each before providing details about six strategies for encouraging active learning. In the final section of the online module, learners apply the concepts covered in the module to draft initial ideas for how they might support adult learners and incorporate opportunities for active learning in their upcoming Annual Meeting session. 

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Target Audience

Allergist/immunologists, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, and Other Allied Health Professionals who are moderating or leading interactive education sessions at the AAAAI Annual Meeting.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, learners will be able to: 

  1. When structuring the session, identify two characteristics of the learners and make plans to support how they learn
  2. When considering the topic of the session, draft at least two goals for learners
  3. When developing the session plan, implement at least two strategies to encourage active learning
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Planning Committee

Gerald Lee, MD FAAAAI
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Relevant Relationships: None

Lily Pien, MD FAAAAI
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland OH
Relevant Relationships: None


Matthew Rank, MD FAAAAI
Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ
Relevant Relationships: None

Kristin Sokol, MD MS MPH FAAAAI
Schreiber Allergy, Rockville, MD
Relevant Relationships: None

Content Reviewer

Kevin W. Parks, MD FAAAAI
AAC/CRI of Southern Oregon, P. C., Medford, OR
Relevant Relationships: None

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