More than 200 Christiana Care educators and leaders attended the keynote event of a two-day Education and Research Celebration sponsored by the Learning Institute’s Center for Educator Development, Evaluation and Research, March 12 at the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center.
Rosa M. Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D., MBA, senior vice president, System Learning, executive director, Learning Institute and chief diversity officer, opened the luncheon event with the announcement that Christiana Care achieved a ranking of number 22 in Training Magazine’s Top 125 awards for organizations committed to employee development.
Christiana Care was the highest-placing health system in the program, where the awards are based on financial investment, the scope of development programs and how closely development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.
Christiana Care President and CEO Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA, said Christiana Care is a “community of learners” whose job is to create value in the services we provide that is “grounded in the thoughts and aspirations of those we care for.”
The keynote speaker of the event was Michael Rochelle, chief strategy officer, BrandonHall Group, who presented “Learning Trends, Ecosystem and Educator’s Competencies for the Future.” Rochelle challenged the audience to embrace the social aspect of learning and to reframe the way we think about learning within the organization.
No longer is it effective to provide one-size-fits-all education that follows traditional models of read, lecture and test, he said, describing the substantial variety of characteristics among learners of all ages and from all walks of life – touching on multigenerational differences, global and cultural drivers, skill levels, talent-focused learning and mobile and social aspects of learning.
People today are “overeducated” and require educators to be networked and relevant, Rochelle said. “Learning is a journey, not a destination.” He urged the audience to think about how they could tailor learning to fit the needs of individuals, and to break needed information into chunks that learners could digest at their own pace and on their own schedule.
Margarita Rodriguez-Duffy, MSW, director of Visitor & Volunteer Services, moderated a group-participation program in which the people seated around each table were asked to brainstorm for possible answers to these two questions:
- How can we fulfill the promise of The Christiana Care Way in our role as educators?
- What learning and education would enable our system to fulfill The Christiana Care Way promise?
The first day of the celebration concluded with award presentations, divided into three categories: Researchers, Educators and Exemplars.
On March 13 the Learning Institute sponsored a slate of 30-minute “Knowledge Now” learning sessions in 1100 Christiana Hospital, where employees were able to drop in for ”how-to” refreshers, such as how to use Yammer effectively, plus PowerPoint, Outlook and iPad tips and other technology primers.
Photo gallery: Research and Education Celebration
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