Traditional Asynchronous curriculums have an individual learner read articles or listen to podcasts in isolation. They then answer several quiz questions to receive credit, often having to login to a cumbersome system. Then learnes move on to the next block of material with little or no reinforcement.


With our experimental Asynchronous curriculum we are trying to remedy a few of these issues we found.

Here’s how it works:


Step 1: Choose Asynchronous Material

Residents look through the Asynchronous options listed for the current block and choose 4 hours worth each month.


There is a large selection of articles and podcasts with residents encouraged to choose areas they believe they are weak in.


Step 2: Active Learning

Rather than answering quiz questions [passive learning], we try to make residents use active and adult learning skills by choosing what is important to know from their Asynchronous material.
To receive credit, residents put 3 learning points per hour of material into a Google spreadsheet. This is a total of 12 clinically relevant learning points per resident.


A total of 360 learning points of the highest yield material from the month’s Asynchronous are gathered from all of the residents.


Step 3: Monthly “House” Competitions

To ensure the quality of these learning points, residents are divided into three “Houses” that compete each month in a trivia competition utilizing their learning points from that month.


Hawkeye, MacGyver, and Sherlock Houses each try to come up with more devious and useful learning points. Residents are able to see the learning points from their own House, but the other House’s are hidden from them until after the monthly competition.


The goal of the competition is to have fun and encourage the residents competitive natures, but also to utilize spaced repetition for deeper learning and retention of the month’s Asynchronous material


A different trivia format is used each month to keep the competition fresh and engaging.


Step 4: Share Knowledge

The monthly learning points from all 3 Houses are distributed to all the residents so they can benefit from material they may not have included in their 4 hours of chosen material.


The questions used in the monthly trivia competition are also distributed so that off-service residents who weren’t present for that conference day may also use the questions to learn and review material.