The ASIC Framework: An Alternative Operational Matrix to Support the Technology and Innovations in Medical Education based on the Primary Learning Domains

Document Type : Commentary


Department of Anatomy, Division of Basic Medical Science University of Global Health Equity Kigali Heights, Rwanda, Africa


Educational technology and innovations as well as creative approaches to teaching, learning, and training have become increasingly integral to the delivery of medical education. Arguably, the COVID-19-related challenges of the years 2020-2022 would mark a watershed point in terms of the integration of digital technology and innovations into education, especially medical education. This article presents an operational matrix, aligned with learning in the primary domains, namely cognitive, psychomotor, and effective domains, to support the medical education-associated technology and innovations. It is therefore named the ASIC-CPA operational matrix or the alternative ASIC Framework operational matrix relative to the originally developed and published matrix. Accordingly, the ASIC Framework has been developed, as a foremost instrument to ensure the adaptation, standardisation, and integration of technology in compliant ways. An operational tool or matrix is conducive to ensuring that this ASIC Framework could be used in the most beneficial ways. This article presents an operational matrix that has been developed with emphasis on how EdTech and innovations influence learning in the domains of knowledge or the cognitive, skill-related, or psychomotor and attitude or the affective. Utilizing this tool, technology operators can specifically align their use of educational technology and innovations with learning in these basic domains.


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