Decision-Making Tips for Evaluating EdTech Solutions in Healthcare Education
The education technology (EdTech) industry is vast, with thousands of products available. That's great news from a teaching standpoint, since it accurately portrays what graduates will face in the real world after college. However, technically speaking, having so many options can be a little overwhelming - for students and instructors.
Our team of experts at DaVinci Education understands the challenges of choosing the EdTech solution that’s best for you and your program. When evaluating EdTech options, the primary goal is to choose a platform that delivers data-driven insights and actually makes a tangible difference for your students. With this in mind, we put together a few tips to support decision making when considering EdTech solutions for your healthcare education program.
Features and Functionality
Just like each EdTech option, each healthcare education program is unique. EdTech platforms that offer configuration options can make it easier to align with your program's unique needs and objectives. Also, consider whether the chosen EdTech can adapt and expand to accommodate more students and evolving program requirements.
While there are many tools developed for the general education market, you will get the best results with a solution specifically tailored to the unique demands of healthcare education programs.
When evaluating EdTech options, remember that the primary users will be faculty, students, and administrators—all of whom have limited time for extensive training. If the platform is not intuitive and user-friendly, it's essential to consider the available training options. Evaluate how in-depth the training will need to be and how much time can be allocated for training sessions. Ensuring that the technology aligns with the capabilities and comfort levels of your staff and students is vital for a seamless educational experience.
Feasibility of Implementation
Learning new technology can be time-consuming. And especially in healthcare education, there is little spare time for lengthy implementation processes. You need a proven path to integrating your new solution into your program quickly, easily and with great support. A smooth and efficient implementation process can help you maximize your investment in your chosen solution and ensure that valuable educational time is not lost in the transition.
Include your key stakeholders in early conversations to determine how well your preferred EdTech tool aligns with your program's goals and objectives. And make sure the vendor can offer clear, consistent and candid feedback to your questions as you move through your decision process
Cost and ROI Considerations
Of course, the cost of EdTech will factor into your ultimate selection. However, it's not just about the initial investment; it's also about understanding the potential return on investment (ROI). Your program should aim to determine how the chosen technology can enhance the educational experience, streamline processes, and ultimately improve outcomes for students. The true value of EdTech lies in its ability to provide data-driven insights that can enable informed decision-making, ultimately benefiting your students and your program overall.
No matter how advanced or well-designed a technology platform may be, issues are bound to arise from time to time. When evaluating EdTech options, it's essential to consider the characteristics of the vendor and their support team. Are they responsive and cooperative when addressing problems or concerns? A vendor's willingness to collaborate with you to find solutions and provide ongoing support can make a significant difference in the success of your program's technology integration.
The EdTech you choose should help make your job easier, simplifying daily tasks and facilitating long-term goals, all with the ultimate objective of enhancing student success. By carefully considering these factors, you can make well-informed decisions to enhance the educational experience and drive success for all your stakeholders. To learn how Leo, our award-winning platform, can help you manage virtually every aspect of your healthcare education program, contact us today.