Active Learning

The Larner College of Medicine uses evidence-based pedagogy, much as we rely on evidence-based medicine.  Active learning teaching 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. We are training doctors who have the capacity to synthesize information and think critically. This teaching methodology helps form the foundation of a body of knowledge that students will recall more easily for years to come.

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 Active Learning?

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

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

In practice, students prepare for class by learning curated foundational knowledge; in class, they think critically and work collaboratively to solve problems. After class, they assess gaps and fill accordingly. Finally, they use formative and summative testing to gauge understanding. 

Active learning teaches the importance of teamwork and prepares students to address the types of problems and skills needed to help patients in practice.

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