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How is a learning from teaching activity defined?

Learning from teaching activities are personal learning projects designed and implemented by the learner with facilitation from the accredited provider. This type of activity recognizes the learning that occurs as physicians prepare to teach. Learning from teaching represents a range of activities in which an accredited provider can facilitate practice-based learning and improvement – where the ‘practice’ could be the person’s professional “teaching practice” or “clinical practice” or “research practice.”

Examples of learning from teaching activities:

  1. To prepare for teaching a skills workshop at a surgical specialty society meeting, physician faculty find that they need to learn how to operate a new laparoscopic device that will be used during the workshop. The specialty society, as an accredited provider, facilitates their training on the new device as a learning from teaching activity for the faculty prior to their teaching engagement.
  2. An accredited provider makes available a learning from teaching activity for new faculty in the form of "individualized learning projects." In the activity, new faculty assess what knowledge and skills they need to teach more effectively, and then the provider makes available training and feedback to improve the new faculty members’ teaching skills. This includes one-to-one mentorship and training with educational experts.

When you report learning from teaching in PARS, aggregate your data for learning from teaching for all learners into one activity. For hours of instruction, specify the amount of time you believe a learner would take to complete their learning from teaching activity. The number of learners should equal the number of individuals who participated in this activity.

For example, a provider created a learning from teaching activity for 10 learners. Each learner completed their activity in approximately 2 hours. In PARS, the provider would report this as a learning from teaching activity with 10 learners and 2 hours of instruction.