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In the "flipped classroom" approach to interactive learning, students come to the classroom with sufficient background to participate in knowledge-supported discussions. Class time is used to interact with peers and teachers and engage with the material in a meaningful way.
Examples of these activities include:
- Vignettes or case studies
- A multi-station exercise
- Team-based problem-solving
- Game playing
- Point/counterpoint debates
- Live patient presentations
- Standardized patient interviews or examinations
- High-fidelity simulations
What are the Benefits?
Enhanced understanding, retention and motivation
In-class activities deepen proficiency in the fundamentals by challenging students to actively explore the material. Through real-world applications, students make meaningful connections between what they are learning and its relevance to clinical medicine.
Close interaction with peers and faculty, combined with class exercises focused on key concepts, facilitates timely and specific feedback on comprehension.
Rather than transmitting information, teachers actively participate in the construction of knowledge in the classroom, guiding students as they make sense of the content for themselves.
Interactive learning gives all students an opportunity to work closely together in teams and draw on their own expertise and experiences to enrich the learning process. Discussion in a traditional lecture is often dominated by a handful of students.
Skills for lifelong learning
Interactive methods build the lifelong learning skills required to negotiate the ever-increasing body of biomedical knowledge, such as the ability to discern critical information from the noise and to integrate this information into practice.
Improved clinical skills
Interactive methods reenact the clinical scenario and encourage students to think on their feet, clinically reason and work collaboratively, which are all essential skills for clinicians in today's team-based health care.