Using the Knowledge, Process, Practice (KPP) model for driving the design and development of online postgraduate medical education.

Medical teacher

PubMedID: 24934171

Shaw T, Barnet S, McGregor D, Avery J. Using the Knowledge, Process, Practice (KPP) model for driving the design and development of online postgraduate medical education. Med Teach. 2015;37(1):53-8.
Abstract Background: Online learning is a primary delivery method for continuing health education programs. It is critical that programs have curricula objectives linked to educational models that support learning. Using a proven educational modelling process ensures that curricula objectives are met and a solid basis for learning and assessment is achieved. Aim: To develop an educational design model that produces an educationally sound program development plan for use by anyone involved in online course development. Methods: We have described the development of a generic educational model designed for continuing health education programs. The Knowledge, Process, Practice (KPP) model is founded on recognised educational theory and online education practice. This paper presents a step-by-step guide on using this model for program development that encases reliable learning and evaluation. Results: The model supports a three-step approach, KPP, based on learning outcomes and supporting appropriate assessment activities. It provides a program structure for online or blended learning that is explicit, educationally defensible, and supports multiple assessment points for health professionals. Conclusion: The KPP model is based on best practice educational design using a structure that can be adapted for a variety of online or flexibly delivered postgraduate medical education programs.