Interactive Learning

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What does this mean for
faculty and students?

The boundaries between teacher and student become less defined in the context of interactive learning. Faculty and other educators are challenged to transition from being “the sage on stage” to the “guide on side,” while students are challenged to participate more actively in their education. View FAQ »

Medical education is at a tipping point of a major transformation. A number of factors -- including a greater understanding of how people learn -- are focusing this shift on the pedagogy of interactive learning.

What is Interactive Learning?

Interactive learning actively engages the students in wrestling with the material. It reinvigorates the classroom for both students and faculty. Lectures are changed into discussions, and students and teachers become partners in the journey of knowledge acquisition.

One approach to interactive learning, sometimes referred to as the "flipped classroom," is an holistic methodology that employs both online and classroom strategies to boost student engagement and mastery of content.

Online Video

Traditional lecture content is moved out of the classroom to online videos and other resources. This allows for a more modular presentation of content and puts mastery of the content under the control of students, who can study at a pace that meets their own needs. More »

In-class Activities

Classroom time is freed up for experiential learning, with students and faculty interacting around the content and making real-world applications through problem-solving, case studies, team-based learning and other group activities. More »