Term used to describe an HCP who Starts the core educational content/intervention. The term is designated only for individuals that have progressed beyond the CE/CME front matter and pre-test (if available), and have started to consume/participate in the educational experience.



Simple count



Consensus Opinion



Of the 800 HCPs who clicked to learn more about the online asthma series, 350 navigated through the front matter and pre-test, and eventually clicked to start an online activity.

  • Learners = 350

Of the 300 HCPs who registered for a symposium at the annual meeting, 200 attended (signed-in at) the event.

  • Learners = 200

Of the 280 staff members of the Neurology department 35 attended (signed-in at) at the event.

  • Learners = 35


Additional Contextual Information:

  • This is perhaps the most foundational term to standardize. It is fully recognized by the OSP Steering Team that some learning may occur as an HCP is engaging with the front matter or is answering the pre-test (if administered separate from the educational intervention) but for sake of standardization a line has to be drawn somewhere.
  • The term Learner refers to the individual. The term Start (defined elsewhere in the glossary) refers to the specific event.
  • As with Starts, it is recognized that some formats may not allow for a count of Learners – and that is fine – in such a case Learners cannot be reported. Other elements of the Participation Funnel, that can be measured, should be used instead.