Active Learning

As we transition to 100% active learning at the Larner College of Medicine, we are changing the way faculty and students teach and learn. Active learning methods rely on student engagement to construct knowledge rather than passively absorb it from an expert. The focus of an active learning session is not on faculty transferring information, but on students developing skills such as clinical reasoning, analysis, and application.

The Active Learning Team, part of the Office of Medical Student Education, is comprised of a director, project manager, and instructional designers.  Our mission is to support faculty and course directors.  Contact us today to start planning for a session.

What Are the Faculty Saying?

jay silveiraJay Silveira, PhD, recommends the Active Learning Team to his faculty colleagues:

“Take full advantage of what the Active Learning Team can do for you — the time savings can be enormous.”

rebecca wilcoxRebecca Wilcox, MD, shares her thoughts on the Active Learning Team:

“They are a community of creative individuals that are passionate about education.”


Why Are We Implementing Active Learning?

Compared to a traditional lecture model, active learning increases the following:

  • Learner participation and engagement
  • Higher-order thinking
  • Learning outcomes

Students apply foundational knowledge to the types of clinical situations they will face as physicians.  In class, students think critically and work collaboratively to solve problems.

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