Medical educators explore "flipping" training

July 10, 2012

Medical educators are exploring a new model of instruction, known as the "flipped classroom," that reduces student exposure to "mind-numbing" lectures and frees class time for discussions and interactive exercises with the goal of better preparing future doctors to be life-long learners. The model builds on an already successful tradition at Canadian medical schools using video conferencing and other digital media to provide off-site instruction at satellite learning centres -- a model pioneered by UBC in 2004 -- although these programs still primarily broadcast digital content in real-time during class hours. The next step in that evolution will be moving to asynchronous learning, in which students can access digital content whenever and wherever they like. CMAJ News